Newsstand360. Questioned by parliamentarians, the minister for higher education admits that it is possible for children from wealthy families to benefit from scholarships, while children from needy families are sometimes prevented from doing so. Details in this press review from the daily newspaper Assabah.
Whether from the opposition or the majority, MEPs were particularly virulent towards the Minister for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui, during the traditional parliamentary session devoted to questions for the government. One question is the number of scholarships awarded in certain regions of the country, which have declined sharply in recent years.
In its Wednesday, Sept. Assaba reports the essence of the exchange between the minister and the parliamentarians who accused the government of spreading lies. Some have also said the regulator is relying on flawed data provided by its regional services. It is first Rachid Hammouni, leader of the PPS parliamentary group, who opens the ball by shouting to Abdellatif Miraoui that the province of Boulmane has lost 500 grants since 2020. According to the MP, the declines can be observed in several regions and the country is in contradiction with the statistics panned by the government “which would disguise a manipulation of the real numbers”.
What is surprising about this file is that it is not only members of the opposition who have attacked the government on this issue, but also the majority parties. As the daily reports, MPs from RNI, Istiqlal and PAM have joined MP and PJD MPs to confirm the significant drop in the number of grants awarded in several provinces such as Chichaoua, Taounate or Ouazzane. In these places there is talk of a drop in the number of grants awarded of between 60% and 96%.
In the face of such fierce criticism, in which parliamentarians have claimed that it is ultimately the children of the wealthy who benefit from scholarships, while those from disadvantaged backgrounds are discouraged. Abdellatif Miraoui appeared quite calm, said he was open-minded and accepted these statements. On the other hand, he emphasized that as the number of students at universities increases, the number of scholarships granted by the state also increases. This year, according to the minister, the number of scholarships awarded has increased by 20% to a total of 421,000. This required mobilizing a budget of 2.3 billion dirhams. An amount that the minister believes is still insufficient.
Abdellatif Miraoui recalled that he himself came from a disadvantaged background and had to fight to gain access to university. That’s why she “committed to generalizing the giving of grants so that everyone in need can benefit.” He also acknowledged that students from wealthy families sometimes benefit from scholarships in certain fields. A problem that will be overcome once the Unified Social Register is in place.