Le Matin – Morocco challenged by a new academic year under the sign of the coronavirus

After schools, colleges and high schools, universities will open their doors from October 15 to welcome students with the same challenges and constraints.

The 2020-2021 academic year will begin in mid-October. This was announced by the Ministry of National Education, vocational training, higher education and scientific research. In a statement, the Department of Higher Education said that students will have the opportunity to choose between distance education and face-to-face in small groups. In fact, face-to-face education will be accompanied by a set of preventive measures, in full coordination with the competent public authorities, in order to strengthen prevention and health security, mainly relating to the compulsory wearing of masks indoors. university spaces, reduction of the number of people in lecture halls and rooms, as well as the disinfection of training and teaching spaces on an ongoing basis.
The same source notes that the pedagogical model adopted could at any time be adapted at the level of each public university or higher education institution not belonging to the universities, partner higher education institution or higher education institution. private, depending on the evolution of the epidemiological situation and changes that may occur in each region.
To better manage this re-entry, the pre-registration of new students has been initiated remotely via the universities’ electronic platforms. This approach is gradually being completed with the simplification of the procedures in force, according to a schedule developed and shared by each university separately. In addition to the procedures for resuming teaching, the National Office for Social and Cultural University Works is currently carrying out work with the Ministry and the competent public authorities in order to define the objective conditions and the appropriate formulas for a possible opening of all university housing estates. by taking into account the evolution of the epidemiological situation in each region, the press release notes.
It is therefore a mobilization of all stakeholders that will guarantee the success of this academic year and allow students to continue their studies in the best conditions while offering them the means to develop their skills to better integrate the market of job. “It is not an adventure, but an ordeal that we can overcome together, on the condition of a collective commitment and a strict respect of the barrier measures, for the good of our children”, had indicated the Head of government in a declaration on the occasion of the start of the school year.
These objectives are, in fact, at the heart of all the strategies put in place by higher education institutions, both public and private, which have spared no effort to succeed in this pedagogical and educational operation, while taking care to preserve the health of the students and that of the teaching staff and guarantee all the appropriate educational, logistical and health resources, according to the circumstances and the evolution of the situation.
In this regard, let us recall the latest recommendations from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which calls on countries to rely on education and vocational training to emerge from the crisis caused by the Covid-19 epidemic. In its annual report “Education at a glance”, published Tuesday, the OECD recommends that education and vocational training must become a priority of public policies to get out of the current crisis. First, because it is one of the solutions for young people whose unemployment rate is reaching record highs, to integrate into the labor market. Second, because education is essential for building a more resilient society. “Strengthening education systems must be at the heart of governments’ plans to emerge from this crisis and equip young people with the skills and qualifications they need to succeed,” OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría told the occasion of the presentation of the said report in Paris.
In addition, and in order to monitor and even anticipate these changes, the OECD calls on higher education establishments to innovate and adapt their policies and management strategies to the new model of education which is in the process of taking shape. All their relevance, universities will have to reinvent educational environments so that digital technology broadens and complements, without however replacing, the relationships between students and their teachers and among themselves ”, estimates the report“ Education at a glance ”.
To these challenges and challenges, higher education institutions respond through a quality training offer and strategies based on the personal development of students, the strengthening of their skills and their development, whether within the establishment or remote. This is what emerges from the various interviews carried out with the major Moroccan establishments which share the same ambitions for success and the challenges of facing a world in metamorphosis.

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