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Morocco to sell La Mamounia hotel, power plant to cut 2019 budget deficit

The government plans to privatize the Tahaddart power plant south of Tangier and the five-star La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech to plug a budget hole. “The government did not approve the sale of several other public companies, including CIH bank, one of Morocco’s best performing banks. But the government has not ruled out selling its 30 percent stake in Maroc Telecom. The spokesman said the government would restructure state firms and open more of them up to private investors.” Experts often advise against making long-term privatization decisions under the pressure of short-term budget needs, since cost-benefit assessments can be tarnished.

Source: AF

Morocco's February 20 movement: 'Demands still alive'

Protestors march through Rabat to mark the anniversary of the 2011 wave of protests, known as the February 20 Movement, “that was inspired by the Arab uprisings taking place in Tunisia and other Arab countries. Protesters, representing a myriad of political affiliations, rallied under the banner of the February 20 Movement and called for an end to corruption, better housing and employment opportunities, and an end to privatization of schools, among other demands.”

Source: www.aljazeera.com

A united union front has mobilized to oppose the privatization of education

A united union front has mobilized to oppose the privatization of education. “According to the SNE-CDT, the education sector ‘is the victim of certain troubles and failures,’ where ‘public education is bankrupt’ as all temporary procedures and measures ‘are aimed at destroying public education to subsequently privatise it.’ These measures are also aimed at ‘eliminating’ the rights and prior gains of the sector's teachers and officials. In addition, the union believes that recruitment of contract teachers will greatly harm public education and illustrates the state's abandonment of a public sector.”

Source: Education International

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Privatization of education in Morocco

This report is the result of several months of collaboration between Moroccan NGOs: The Moroccan Coalition on Education for All (CMEPT), the Moroccan National Federation of Parents’ Associations (FNAPEM), the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), Bayti, the Student Union for the Change of the Educational System (UECSE), the Mouvement Anfass Démocratiques, Zaynoofor Equal Opportunities, and ATTAC/CADTM Morocco.