Government allocates funds for university reforms

More than MAD70 billion (US$7.6 billion) is reportedly being dedicated to improving material resources and educational conditions for Moroccan university students during the current academic year, said the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, on 5 February while speaking before the House of Representatives in Rabat, writes Sana Elouazi for Morocco World News.

As part of the implementation of the strategic vision of the 2015-30 reform programme, and in accordance with the 2016-21 Government Action Program, El Othmani said a strategic plan for higher education and scientific research has been developed which covers a series of measures aimed at strengthening the university-level provision and implementing significant educational reform related to higher education.

Regarding university pedagogical reform, the prime minister presented several measures that have been adopted such as the upgrading of public university infrastructure, health and sports facilities within campuses, the renovation of all facilities and equipment. Importantly, there will be an increase in the number of students accepted into institutions that have historically limited access or enrolment. Access to those institutions will grow 20% during the current year and 30% for the next academic year, and 700 vacant staff positons will be filled in 2018.
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