At present, French is the official foreign language in Moroccan universities. Minister Daoudi voiced concern that this was a stumbling block for Moroccan students when compared to the rest of the world.
There is some support from Moroccans who feel the idea is beneficial and the time is overdue to for Moroccan universities to make the transition from French to English. “The younger generations have progressively contributed to uprooting linguistic tradition which once was a major source of French pride. If Moroccans don’t open their eyes to the rest of the world and try to liberate themselves from this complex called ‘la France et les Francais’ our progress will suffer immensely,” Jawad Boujida stated to MWN.
Many Moroccans expressed concerns that university students are being hindered by holding so tightly to the French language and are losing momentum as increasing numbers of regions throughout the world focus on elevating English as a second language in their nations. “Indeed, we must abandon French and welcome English, and say no to Moroccan educational policy. We are aware that adoption of French is a colonial dependency not an academic option,” online user Islam Zitane shared in a comment to MWN.
When it comes to producing scientific research, English is the worldwide choice of languages. This serves as one of the main components behind Minister Daoudi’s declaration. As more scientific research and publications are produced in English, the language becomes an increasingly essential element in any academic environment.
An educational professional at the California Institute of the Arts, Paula Foster Chambers saw this declaration as a good idea. “As a PhD myself and a higher education professional in the States, I can testify that English is indeed the language of scientific research and of the higher education world in general,” Chambers commented to MWN online.
Most Moroccans indicated a sense of joy and comfort that this realization was made and that the Ministry was finally making strides in the right direction. “Absolutely right French is far behind English. We look forward to seeing English as the first language in Morocco,” Amine Be shared in a comment to MWN online.
Yet others were hesitant to see the transition to English as an advantageous move and would rather see the Arabic language take precedence in Moroccan universities. “Arabic is the solution if we want to go forward… I’m not against English but I don’t want another failed education system. English is better than French for sure, but Arabic is the solution,” user Al Othman commented online with MWN online.
The transition requires that Moroccan university students become fluent in English as a precondition for obtaining a doctorate in engineering and medical programs. Moroccan university students will now be encouraged to join forces with the remainder of the English-speaking world and include themselves in the sphere of English language scientific research gatherings around the world.
Salma Fedaili, a student at the American Language Center in Rabat told MWN, “English is the solution for us to become a developed country in the future. This decision is the best one made by our government. I can see a clever move there, and I totally support it. We can’t deny or abandon our roots and origins, but we should surely choose what’s best for us and our country.”
Moroccan students are sharing their notions that with English they will be able to widen their audience as well as their ability to communicate with other researchers and scientists around the globe.