The Morocco News
March 31, 2014
of Transition to English in Moroccan Universities Goes Viral
York Moroccans expressed mixed reactions to the announcement
made by the Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, to
transition to English as the main foreign language in Moroccan
universities. The minister said the language change would push
the Moroccan education system forward and keep Morocco more
in line with the rest of the world.
French is the official foreign language in Moroccan universities,
but Minister Daoudi expressed concern that this was holding
Moroccan students back in comparison with the rest of the world.
Moroccans feel the idea is advantageous and the time is well
past due to for Moroccan universities to make the switch from
French to English. The younger generations have progressively
contributed to uprooting linguistic tradition which once was
a major source of French pride. If Moroccans dont open
their eyes to the rest of the world and try to liberate themselves
from this complex called la France et les Francais
our progress will suffer immensely, Jawad Boujida commented
Moroccans maintain that university students are being left behind
by holding so tightly onto the French language and are losing
ground as more and more regions around the world focus on elevating
English as a second language in their countries. Indeed,
we must abandon French and welcome English, and say no to Moroccan
educational policy. We are aware that adoption of French is
a colonial dependency not an academic option, online user
Islam Zitane commented to MWN.
of the main components behind Minister Daoudis declaration
is the fact that English is the language used around the world
to produce scientific research. As more scientific research
and publications are produced in English, the more the language
becomes an essential element in any academic atmosphere.
Foster Chambers, an education professional at the California
Institute of the Arts, saw this declaration as a good idea.
As a PhD myself and a higher education professional in
the States, I can testify that English is indeed the language
of scientific research and of the higher education world in
general, Chambers expressed to MWN online.
Moroccans articulated a sense of rejoice and relief that this
realization was made and that the Ministry was finally taking
a large step in the right direction. Absolutely right
French is far behind English. We look forward to seeing English
as the first language in Morocco, Amine Be commented to
others were reluctant to see the change to English as a beneficial
move and would rather see the Arabic language take priority
in Moroccan universities. Arabic is the solution if we
want to go forward
Im not against English but I
dont want another failed education system. English is
better than French for sure, but Arabic is the solution,
user Al Othman commented on MWN online.
transition will push Moroccan university students to become
fluent in English as a condition for obtaining a doctorate in
engineering and medical programs. Moroccan university students
will now be encouraged to collaborate with the rest of the English-speaking
world and include themselves in the realm of English language
scientific research communities across the globe.
is the solution for us to become a developed country in the
future. This decision is the best one made by our government.
I can see a clever move there, and I totally support it. We
cant deny or abandon our roots and origins, but we should
surely choose whats best for us and our country,
Salma Fedaili, a student at the American Language Center in
Rabat, said to MWN.
fluent English language skills, students will have the opportunity
to contribute to academic research journals from various regions
and share their findings with colleagues from around the world.
In this respect, French would limit their audience and possibly
even deteriorate their findings if the research were to be translated
our government decided to move forward and open the doors for
many amazing opportunities that young Moroccans missed! E-marketing,
E-commerce, trade and online marketing are the most generating
fields and all in English, Afifa Melouane commented to
students feel that with English they will be able to widen their
audience as well as their ability to communicate with other
researchers and scientists around the globe.