Leila Ahmed, a mother who took part in a recent protest, told Al-Fanar Media that the parents rejected the ministry’s conditions, particularly its requirement that the students returning from Ukraine must pass an exam to assess their level before being admitted to Moroccan universities.
She said such exams would be “almost impossible because of differences in curricula, in addition to the different language of instruction as students were studying in Ukrainian.”
The families have “exhausted all means to call for justice for their children and help them in this crisis” and are now counting on official help to overcome their ordeal, she said.
Meetings with Medical Deans
Abdellatif Miraoui, Morocco’s minister of higher education, said the ministry had consulted intensively with deans of faculties of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, in both public and private institutions, about the conditions for admitting students returning from Ukraine.
Miraoui said strict adherence to quality-control measures in these disciplines made it necessary to test the returning students’ academic level before admitting them to training programmes.
Egypt adopted similar conditions for students returning from Ukraine and seeking to enrol in Egyptian medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and engineering programmes.
Leila Ahmed objected to the testing requirement, however. Making students pass an exam to enter the Moroccan university system struck at the credibility of their education in Ukraine, she said.
The protestors are asking that the returning students get help obtaining their diplomas and academic documents from Ukrainian universities.
Remote Study in Ukraine Is Still Possible
Khalil Al-Mansoori, a student and member of a group called the Coordination of Students Returning from Ukraine, said the students had “lost hope in the ministry’s promises.”
He told Al-Fanar Media: “We returned to our country because of a war that was imposed on us. We must be helped; conditions and restrictions should not be set for our inclusion in Moroccan universities.”
He added: “We are victims of a war. We did not choose this fate, it was imposed on us.”