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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
    Fes, Morocco

    Rabat- In an unexampled way of protest, teachers holding BAs and MAs walked in bare feet holding bare bread and studens’books to reflect their miserable situation

    Once upon a time , teachers used to be respected. Once upon a time, teachers used to be the noble messengers of their societies . Today, in Morocco a teacher is no longer that person. Teachers in general and young ones in particular have always thought of a rosy teaching context where they will fight tooth and nail the illiteracy of our Moroccan pupils. Certainly, it is the common intention of most new recruit teachers all over Morocco.
    In this respect, all teachers , whether young or old , will remember their first years of teaching. All of them will remember the first exam sheet he or she corrected, they all remember their great happiness of the first high score they jotted down . Meanwhile, none of them can forget the pain of the first low score he/ she noted at the scoring sheet. Personally, I remember that day very well. As soon as the bell had rung, I took my bike and went home on the spot. I didn’t turn back to any call ; I even didn’t sign the administration follow-up sheet of teachers. I was so keen to see what was the first score ? did Hicham do well ? Did Fatiha do well ? Did they fall in the trick ? A broad range of questions whose answers I don’ t want to wait for a lot .I didn’t get my lunch; I didn’t even think of taking a cup of tea or anything else. It was a remarkable moment. At , the most painful moment in the educational career of any teacher is the time when he feels that there is a low achievement of their students. It is really the strong eagerness and ambition they all have not only at the beginning of their educational career but over it as well . In this spirit, most teachers start ;however, things change little by little.
    Sadly enough, such great potentials are to be dying day after day . None can deny the tremendous challenges that confront the Moroccan teacher and which awfully kill and erase those qualities. In these days, there is a concrete example of such sufferings and hardships. the last days of this year will never be forgot to the Moroccan teachers. The bloodshed that has been witnessed all through Rabat streets will remain an unforgiveable event.
    Definitely, a large number of images have been circulated in internet showing how violent the intervention was over the days of protests - peaceful of course. Indeed, when a teacher feels that he is deprived of the simplest rights that can be given to him , how can he or she carry on working with full energy. The right for promotion by the BA and MA certificates has always been a right that is guaranteed by the constitution. It has always been a way to develop teachers levels in both sides. First, teachers can enlarge their knowledge in his or her educational field and by extension he or she can benefit a lot their students ; moreover, teacher’s financial status can get improved.
    However, when one sees the events of Rabat , when one sees teachers being beaten , how can a teacher energize himself to work . For me the title of the article is very telling. YES, I l know all can feel the words of my title. All of you can feel what I want to mean since I am simply a teacher like those who have been beaten. It is a bitter reality that we as Moroccan teachers should face . the candle that has been enlightened in the days of training get weaker and weaker day after day. “Take a right ,off a light” implies that when teachers feels they are very oppressed and humiliated ,they can never feel forward. They can never be motivated.
    As a way of showing their awful discontentment , the National Coordinations of Teachers holding BA and MA degrees decided to walke in bare feet holding pieces of bare bread and students’books. They symbolically mean to show the politics of enslavement. In the first official reaction of the government, Mr. Benkiran emphasizes the fact that teachers should sit for an oral professional exam to get their promotion.. This way, the government opens wide gates of bribery and corruption. Both co-ordinations emphasize their unified stand of refusal. None will sit for this exam and in case it has been launched , teacher will abort it. This procedure is extremely unjust to teachers who have done their ultimate efforts to extend their educational knowledge to benefit their little pupils.
    Finally, today It has become very difficult for teachers to speak about democracy and human rights to students in time they see themselves unable to voice out one of their simplest rights. Therefore, teachers get very disappointed and unmotivated ; as a result, public schools situation will get worse and worse.
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