English is currently taught, from the third year of the preparatory level in public schools, but the Ministry of National Education intends to generalize it gradually, from the next school year, according to the director of programs, Mohamed Zerouali , for “Agence France Presse.”
The circular will only include 10% of first-year college students and 50% of second-year students in the next season, on the condition that it covers 100% of students in the 2025-2026 season.
The circular aims to “establish linguistic pluralism in a progressive and balanced manner”, according to a ministerial note on the subject.
French is today the most widely used foreign language in the Kingdom.
Zerouali said that this initiative “is long overdue and reflects an urgent social demand. It is also an activation of the principle of equity and equal opportunities”.
The demand for private schools that generally teach English from primary school, or foreign missions, has become common for average families in recent years, despite its high costs, in order to ensure a better level for their children, especially in foreign languages.
On the other hand, public education in Morocco suffers from many problems, including the low level of students, which makes it a “machine for reproducing inequalities within society”, as indicated in a report by the Higher Council of education and training (official) in 2021.
The ministry also intends to review the French language teaching programs, which are taught from primary school, with the aim of “strengthening the capacities of students”, according to Zerouali.
And earlier, in 2019, the Kingdom had adopted the teaching of scientific subjects in French instead of Arabic, from the preparatory level, a measure which was opposed at the time.
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