New proposals from the government to end the crisis in the sector Will calm return to Morocco’s medical schools?

After months of tensions, representatives of medical students have received new proposals from the government to end the crisis affecting the sector.

After several months of deadlock, the crisis between medical students and the government could see an easing. Indeed, the executive has just presented new measures that it says are “an effort to resolve the crisis that has lasted for months.” These involve a set of proposals aimed at meeting the students’ demands. Among the key points of this plan is the introduction of an optional 7th year of paid practical training.

The crisis escalated when the Minister of Health and the Minister of Higher Education decided to reduce the years of training to 6 instead of 7 for medical students. A decision that was not welcomed at all by student groups.

The government’s offer mainly includes an additional academic year of paid internships. This will allow students to gain paid professional experience. Opportunities for practical internships for future doctors are also on the table.

The government also suggests increasing the number of places available for specialization entry exams, in response to criticisms about limiting the years of training to seven. Additionally, a restructuring of the educational program is envisaged, although this reform would only apply to new students entering their first year.

This Tuesday, June 11, students held a national vote organized by the National Commission of Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Students of Morocco (CNEM) to discuss the government’s proposals. After a strong participation turnout, an in-depth debate was held on the government’s offers. The CNEM has not yet released the results of the vote, while some speak of a negative response.

The said commission has stated, since the beginning of the crisis, that “the general assemblies of students are sovereign in all decisions, stressing their commitment to internal democracy based on constructive discussions and a return to grassroots student issues.”

This crisis has already led to the postponement of exams since the start of the academic year. Students had announced a boycott of theoretical and practical classes as well as exams. As for the spring session, initially scheduled for June 3, it has been postponed pending a later date. Story to be continued…

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