The Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, gives a statement to the press after his meeting with the most representative unions in the education sector, on November 16, 2021, in Rabat .
Kiosk 360. During a televised intervention on Wednesday evening, Chakib Benmoussa defended tooth and nail his decision on the conditions of participation in the recruitment competition for teachers. This article is a press review of the daily Al Akhbar.
Rather than communicating with the unions alone, Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, chose the television sets to directly address those concerned and the public in order to explain himself on a decision of his department which created some stir.
According to the daily Al Akhbar in his edition of Friday, November 26, Benmoussa was the guest on Wednesday evening of the 2nd public television channel, where he declared that the criteria put in place by his ministry to organize access to the teaching body “are not that the beginning of a vast reform which will concern all the education system ”.
He added that the applications for candidates for the recruitment competition for teachers had been so numerous, some 47,000 applications reached the regional academies, that it was necessary to establish the criterion of age and good marks to select the required number of teachers. teachers. The 30-year criterion chosen is in no way illegal, since the texts governing National Education require candidates to prove that they are aged between a minimum of 18 years and a maximum of 45 years.
According to comments reported by Al Akhbar, Benmoussa explained that the debate on the age of candidates for the recruitment competition for teachers is normal. But it should be understood, he said, that the Ministry of Education has introduced selective criteria with the aim of “achieving a school where equal opportunities are guaranteed, a school which trains citizens and students. Moroccan skills of tomorrow, by inculcating in them the capacity to participate in the development of the country and ensure their social integration ”.
The age criterion introduced by the Ministry is therefore part of this logic, and above all benefits the teacher, because it aims to strengthen his qualities as a continuous trainer and his professional capacities to refine his skills.
Therefore, adds Al Akhbar, Benmoussa made a point of explaining that the executives of the academies of education are governed by a particular statute which has nothing to do with that of the public service, hence this controversy on the age of 30 years, that the unions raised before their meeting last Tuesday with the Minister of National Education.