Morocco’s Alarming 50% University Dropout Rates Discussed in Parliament

Morocco’s Alarming 50% University Dropout Rates Discussed in Parliament


Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Abdellatif Miraoui, has acknowledged the pressing issue of high university dropout rates in the country. Yesterday, the Authenticity and Modernity Party, in the House of Representatives, drew attention to the alarming statistic that nearly half of all university students in Morocco fail to obtain their degrees, one of the highest dropout rates for university students in the world. According to the political party, quoting a study, this concerning trend can be attributed to various factors, including inadequate academic guidance, an outdated educational framework, academic underachievement, and financial constraints faced by students and their families.

Moroccan university students. 

Minister Miraoui has recognized that public institutions, which accept the majority of Moroccan students regardless of their academic grades, are particularly affected by this problem. He said that to address this issue head-on, the Ministry of Higher Education has devised a comprehensive plan to provide proactive guidance for students and establish “flexible bridges” between different study paths and universities. These initiatives are slated to be implemented in the upcoming academic year, Miraoui said.

In addition to these measures, Miraoui stressed that his Ministry aims “to strengthen the relationship between universities and the socio-economic environment in which they operate.” This involves, according to him,  “collaborating with specialists to develop new programs that align with the needs and demands of the job market and various industries.”