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'Free education will not be suspended any time soon,' insists Moroccan official

The Ministerial Delegate to the Head of Government for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society in Morocco reiterated on Thursday that there is no going back on the decision to maintain free education in the Kingdom.

"The Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research was frank when he distinguished, in a recent press interview, between registration fees and study fees," explained Mustapha El-Khalfi. "The Moroccan government did not employ tuition fees and will not suspend free education." He made his comments during a press conference following a cabinet meeting chaired by Saadeddine Othmani.

El-Khalfi pointed out that the 2015-2030 vision for education, training and scientific research forged the elements of a national strategy in the education sector. "A person cannot be deprived of his or her right to education," he insisted. "On the contrary, the draft framework law on education and training dictated compulsory and free education, which has never been the case before."

The official noted that the under 6 age group will benefit from compulsory and free education. There will be a specific debate in parliament on all aspects of the requirements linked to this framework, he added.

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