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    Posted January 4, 2014 by
    Fes, Morocco

    Sorry Mr. President , teachers don’t wander in Rabat

    Last weekl, Mr. Benkiran , the head of the Moroccan government, showed up more confident than any time before in the parliament . After the huge protests of teachers holding BAs and MAs , Mr. Benkiran rudely described their peaceful demonstrations and marches as “ wandering”.
    I think that anyone who checks his pocket dictionary to see the right definition will understand that wandering is going from one place to another aimlessly. Such a description is really offensive to all teachers. It is a very aggressive way to address a large number of teachers who ask the government to find an immediate and just solution to their problem. In addition, those teachers have never used violence in all their demonstrations. On contrary, so numerous are the teachers who have been oppressed, beaten, or arrested. After all this struggle, the head of the government appeared in the parliament to tell the 35 million Moroccans that teachers wander in Rabat.
    Indeed, none has thought that teachers will once be exposed to such a kind of demeaning. Yes, such a word should not be said to the noble messengers of our society, mainly if is said from someone who used to belong to the field of teaching. Moreover, there is a common consensus that those teachers are right in their strike. They are really deprived of one the simplest rights a country should guarantee. Unfortunately, after this insult , no syndicate expressed its disapproval from such a behavior. This clearly means that syndicates are no longer faithful to the issue of teachers. They no longer defend teachers’ interests. It is obviously a dirty game where pupils are the first losers .
    All in all, after this impolite description of the strikers, one can deduce that Mr. Benkiran has fallen below the expectations of teachers . He has torn apart the last tissue of trust some of us has kept for him.

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