Moroccan government threatens to dismiss striking teachers

“After four weeks, we can no longer call this a strike. This is rather leaving a job without notice” – Said Amzazi

Teachers who have instigated a four-week strike will be fired along with trainees who joined them, Morocco’s education minister, Said Amzazi said on Wednesday.

“The striking teachers should stop disrupting public education and return to the classrooms or face a dismissal procedure”, Amzazi said at a news conference.

Thousands of teachers, employed by regional delegations of the education ministry, took to the streets of Rabat on Saturday and Sunday demanding their integration in the civil service as employees of the education ministry, a decision that they perceive will improve their job security including better retirement pensions.

The protesting teachers have extended their strike for the fourth week in a row, leaving 7 percent of Morocco’s 7 million students out of school, according to the education ministry.

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“After four weeks, we can no longer call this a strike. This is rather leaving a job without notice”, he said.


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