The ordeal of doctorate holders still has no way out

Several unemployed doctorate holders organized a sit-in this Wednesday, January 4, 2023, in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, in Rabat, in order to claim their right to integration within Moroccan universities and scientific research centres.

A set of organizations, including the national union of unemployed doctors, the national coordination “Al Insaf” for holders of higher diplomas and the alliance of unemployed doctors in Morocco, decided to demonstrate this Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Higher Education, to assert their right to integration into the Public Service within the various universities and scientific research centers of the Kingdom.

Indeed, the crisis of unemployed doctors has persisted for several years, even before the formation of the new government. This puts too much pressure on the Public Service, since these researchers and doctorate holders have still not had the chance to land a position worthy of the years of study and research.

It’s been 8 years now since I obtained my doctorate and I still haven’t been able to get a job as a higher education teacher in a Moroccan university and it’s really a shame“, lamented Achemrah Younès, Doctor of Economics and member of the National Union of Unemployed Doctors, in a statement to MoroccoLatestNews EN.

The doctor continues: We are here to renew our claim, our request, our protest and therefore our condemnation of the decree of the former Minister of Higher Education, Lahcen Daoudi, who gave the greatest chance to state officials to integrate in Moroccan universities and research centers“.

Regarding the sudden marginalization by the incumbents, Achemrah Younis said that ” notWe condemn this unconstitutional act » and to add that « it will be three years today that we have been protesting in the streets of the capital to demand this integration“.

According to the doctor, no contact and no response has been received from the government or the new Minister of Higher Education and yet we are still here and we will continue to demonstrate until we have a solution for all the doctors who are not not officials“.

As for Harmouch Ghita, a doctor in organic chemistry and also a member of the National Union of Unemployed Doctors, the researcher affirmed that they are always present ” every Wednesday to hold our demonstrations in order to send a message to the Minister informing him that we are there, and we do not intend to leave if we do not find a solution to our file“.

We have a lot of skills in different specialties“, she indicated, while denouncing, also, the very last declaration of the Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Ouahbi, to specify that these researchers and holders of doctorates ” don’t have the money to go study abroad and get degrees abroad, but we did our education here in Morocco and therefore intend to find a job in their native country.

Thus, the sit-in ended with a dispersal of the demonstrators by the police authorities, intervening to end the demonstration after having issued the three warnings. Thus, no injuries or cases of extreme force resulted from this intervention.

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