The government announced on Wednesday that it is ready to continue a dialogue with representatives of medical and pharmacy and dentistry students to reach a solution, inviting students to continue their studies in order to pass exams.
This statement was given by Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Said Amzazi and Health Minister Anas Doukkali at the press briefing. in Rabat.
On this occasion, Amzazi and Doukkali emphasized that the two ministries from the beginning had conducted a serious, constructive and accountable dialogue, holding seven meetings, five of which with student representatives, in the presence of one of the two ministers in question. at one of these meetings, noting that these two departments responded positively to most of the issues raised in the industrial file, with a rate of 90%.
In that sense, they explained that their ministries responded positively with 14 points out of a total of 16, including the maintenance of the current legal status of competition for doctors, pharmacists and internal dental doctors who benefit from compulsory health insurance, increase the number of jobs reserved for doctorates in pharmacy or dentistry, allow pharmacy students to receive work supplement during the fifth year as well as during the sixth year in pharmacy and dentistry.
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On the other hand, they continued, in two years, two points of disagreement will be activated, such as fighting for staying and adding a six-year dental diploma. In connection with the first point, two ministers stressed that the medical staff competition does not apply to students, but to Moroccan doctors who have obtained a degree in medicine, pharmacy or dentistry, including those who have received recognized foreign diplomas, stressing that it is impossible to prohibit Moroccan doctors to pass through the necessary conditions, as an inalienable constitutional right.
In that sense, Mr. Doukkli pointed out that his department, in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, undertook the task of revising Regulation No. 1. organizing competitions for domestic doctors, pharmacists and dental doctors in order to guarantee the rights and achievements of students at public faculties for medical training in terms of access to specialized courses.
The parties agreed to continue the dialogue on the organization of this competition with the aim of designing the third cycle reform with the participation of representatives of research professors and student representatives. he said, pointing out that the ministry committed itself to continuing to increase the number of places of residence, while at the same time strengthening the regional dimension of these tenders in order to enable the regions to have specialized human resources.
Regarding the second point of disagreement over the sixth year in dentistry, two ministers pointed out that at the international level, the duration of the training for obtaining this diploma lasts for an average of six years, which requires support for this orientation and its adoption at the national level since the beginning of the reform education for medical studies, including dentistry, during the academic 2015-2016. years.
In that sense, the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research has confirmed its commitment to include representatives of research professors and medical students in the revision formulation and implementation of the content of the book of national pedagogical standards of the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Descriptive Dossier that regulates six-year courses .
The Ministry added that the necessary conditions will be established to ensure quality training during this year, through intensification of internships in order to gain more experience and facilitate the integration of laureates into the labor market.
The two ministers also expressed regret over the absence of an interlocutor who was able to report to students about the details of the government's proposal and thus came to a solution, noting that the meeting of 12 April resulted in the agreement and commitment of both sides, whose contents were not presented at two general assemblies of the National coordination of medical students and dentistry.
The Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research has stated that there are all conditions for organizing exams according to the schedule, beginning on June 10, inviting students to pass their exams, and then take the time needed to deepen the dialogue regarding two unresolved issues of disagreement.
The two ministers also reiterated their commitment to resolving existing issues and responding to legitimate and possible demands in a constructive, responsible and serious dialogue that would enhance and develop proposals.