Concerning Surge in Moroccan Student Dropout Rates: 300,000 Yearly!!!

Concerning Surge in Moroccan Student Dropout Rates: 300,000 Yearly!!!

Education in Morocco.
Young Moroccan students learning Amazigh.

The 2022 National Human Rights Council report indicates that due to poverty, socio-economic factors, and COVID-19 impacts, over 300,000 Moroccan students drop out annually, a 27% increase compared to 2019-2020. The situation amplifies concerns about inequality and fairness in Morocco’s education system.

RABAT, Morocco – Over 300,000 Moroccan students are leaving school every year due to poverty and socio-economic difficulties, aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Human Rights Council’s 2022 annual report reveals.

According to the report, this represents a worrisome 27% increase in school dropouts compared to the 2019-2020 academic year, with more than 331,000 students abandoning their studies in 2022.

The findings were discussed at a recent study meeting, where the report was presented.

The significant spike in dropout rates was viewed as a substantial challenge to Morocco’s education system and a breach of children’s rights.

Critics point out the two-tiered system of Moroccan education that privileges the affluent with private schooling while relegating the less privileged to public schools, thereby exacerbating issues of inequality, quality, fairness, and equal opportunities for all learners.