National education: A preschool rate of more than 78% in 2023-2024

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The enrollment rate for children aged 4 to 5 reached 78.7% for the year 2023-2024, with 951,596 pre-school students (+2.2%), according to the Ministry of National Education and Preschool and Sports.

The expansion of school offerings, particularly in rural areas with the support of the National Initiative for Human Development, and the adoption of delegated management have contributed to the acceleration of the generalization of preschool education. quality, underlines the ministry in its statistical report on Education for the year 2023-2024. Concerning public education, the total number of students in the three cycles, including preschool, amounts to 7,392,050 students, an increase of 1.1% compared to the previous year, specifies the ministry, adding that girls represent 48.9% of total apprentices.

The largest increase, 4.25%, was recorded in the secondary college cycle where the number of students reached 1,918,691.

The ministry worked to strengthen social support programs in order to guarantee equal opportunities among students and reduce school dropouts, particularly in rural areas, where 4,459,478 students benefited from the Royal Initiative “One Million school bags”, 1,040,615 from the school canteen and 580,266 from school transport (83.3% in rural areas).

Regarding school dropout, the ministry underlined that the efforts made by the various stakeholders made it possible to reduce the number of dropouts by 12%, their number having increased from 334,664 in 2021-2022 to 294,458 during 2022- 2023 including 45.5% in rural areas and 38.64% girls, noting that 62% of school dropouts are over 16 years old.

Furthermore, the ministry published on its portal “www.men.gov.ma” two documents entitled “Summary of education statistics” and “Summary of education indicators” taking stock of the education sector. national and preschool for the year 2023-2024.

This positive and encouraging assessment, despite the particular situation and challenges that marked the start of this school year, highlights the efforts made by the ministry and reflects the commitment of all partners in the system for the implementation of the provisions. of the framework law relating to the education, training and scientific research system and the realization of the objectives and commitments of the 2022-2026 roadmap.

All components of the education system experienced notable developments during the 2023-2024 school year, with an increase in the number of students, the expansion of school offerings particularly in rural areas and the continuation of generalization of quality preschool, in addition to strengthening social support programs and the fight against school dropouts.

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