Tamazight, official language of Morocco, attracts more attention

In an interview with Al-Fanar Media, Bouyakoubi pointed out that a problem is the low level of some students in French, the language of instruction often used in teaching Tamazight at university, also deters many students. to continue their studies.

In addition, some students mistakenly think that Tamazight is an easy subject because it is their mother tongue, when in fact it is a linguistic specialization which, like all languages, requires great effort. This leads some students to feel frustrated and withdraw from the program.

Nevertheless, some Amazigh activists seem optimistic about an improvement in Tamazight education, after Said Amzazi, Morocco’s Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, made promises during his party’s election campaign two weeks ago.

Amzazi announced a ten-year program for teaching Tamazight and promised to open Tamazight courses in universities at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, in addition to developing Tamazight teaching programs in schools.

“A bachelor must master Tamazight, just like his mastery of Arabic, to give him the status he deserves,” the minister said in a press release.

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At a press conference for his party ahead of the kingdom’s parliamentary and local elections, held earlier this month, Amzazi promised to generalize the teaching of Tamazight by employing thousands of teachers. Two hundred teachers were employed last year, he said, and another 400 will be employed in the fall, followed by 1,000 teachers, with a plan to hire 5,000 teachers in 2030.

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