13-15 May, 2020 Timelines: Decisions of the Moroccan governement concerning COVID-19 since the beginning of the crisis

Universities will open in September:

Universities, “grandes écoles and vocational training centres in Morocco will open again in September.  Said Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, said this morning before members of the Education Commission in the House of Representatives.

This decision was taken to preserve the health of students and faculty, the minister said. The institutions concerned will continue the distance learning courses in order to complete the pedagogical curriculum, the minister said. Regarding the organization of the exams, the decision will be announced in the coming days.

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Re-opening of weekly rural souks in 12 provinces of the kingdom:

This reopening took place on Sunday, May 10. Boulemane is a province without an active case of COVID-19. Contacted by Médias24, Youssef Alaoui, president of FISA, told us that “this reopening went very well. Sales have resumed. There were mainly sheep and that is the most important”. Youssef Alaoui believes that the situation was well controlled by the local authorities to avoid crowds and make traffic and exchanges fluid, without pressure. “And sincerely, I congratulate the Ministry of the Interior for the work that has been done: a speed of execution and perfect control”.  Here are the 12 provinces concerned by this decision to reopen rural souks: Sidi Kacem, Figuig, Tetouan, Khenifra, Safi, Errachidia, Fkih Ben Salah, Boulemane, Settat, Chtouka Ait Baha, Khemisset and Jerada.

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Schools will remain closed until September, only the baccalaureate is maintained:

Speaking in the House of Councellors on Tuesday 12 May, the Minister of Education announced that the return to schools will not take place before September 2020.

The minister announced that only the examinations of the 1st and 2nd years of the baccalaureate will be organized. The national baccalaureate examination will be organized in July. The regional examination (1st year) will be organised in September. In order to respect equal opportunities, the exams will only cover programmes the material up to 14 March 2020. Thus, measures will be taken to ensure the health and safety of teachers and students. These measures are as follows:

– Sterilization of institutions several times a day,

– Supply of masks, hydro-alcoholic gels and means for measuring temperature.

– Respect of social distancing,

– Use of very large rooms or spaces, such as sports complexes,

– Taking care of students (accommodation, transport and food).

– For the other levels of study, the continuous evaluations, carried out in the classroom, will be taken into consideration.

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