As each school entry date approaches, there is a renewed demand to prevent private education institutions from selling textbooks and sometimes to force parents to buy them.
In this context, Abdelaziz Kawthar, head of the board of directors of the Moroccan Association of Writers, said that “some private educational institutions continue to sell textbooks, in violation of the law.”
Kawthar said, in statements to Hespress, that the matter “does not have to do with the behavior of the newborn of the hour, but with a practice that has been repeated for years, despite the correspondences made by the regional education delegates” . him highlighting “the need to issue a ministry memorandum or ministerial decision to prevent this behaviour”.
Al-Ketbi himself spoke of the “chaos that invaded the sector”, calling for “not seeking profit in violation of the rights of others”, stressing that “Al-Ketbi lives off 90% school attendance”.
The spokesman explained that “of a total of approximately 7,600 students, according to recent statistics, some 3,600 students benefit from the “One Million Portfolio” process, sponsored by the National Initiative for Human Development.” Development, while private education includes 1.2 million students; So Al-Kutbi doesn’t have much.” He continued: “Al-Ketbi is experiencing a great ordeal, since there are libraries that are closing their doors because there is no respect for the sector”, underlining “the need to open a tripartite discussion between publishers, private schools and scribes”.
Kawthar also stressed that “there can be no continuity without professionalization and legalization of the sector, and without commitment to professional ethics, whether of writers or publishers”, stressing that “the profession must have standards, legalization and control”.
The Parliamentary Group of the Justice and Development Party had previously presented a bill that prohibited private school educational institutions from selling books, courses and school supplies.
This proposal refers to modifying and complementing Law No. 06.00 as the basic regime for private school education.
This proposal arises, according to its introductory note, after “the phenomenon of selling books, courses and study supplies within the space of the private school, or contracting exclusively with a library and directing the parents of the students towards it, became has spread in recent years, despite the fact that these practices constitute a beating of the chapters of Law No. 06.00 that regulates These institutions are like a service sector in education and not for commerce.”
The introductory note also recorded that “this situation has caused private education institutions to monopolize the market for books and courses, and cut off the livelihood of an important group of notaries whose main professional activity is based on the sale of these books, courses and study supplies, especially in light of declining demand for books and reading in general.”