The Minister of National Education, Preschool, and Sports, Chakib Benmoussa, said on Tuesday that the start of the 2023-24 school year will be marked by major reforms mainly in the Amazigh language and technology.
As part of these reforms, the minister explained, several measures will also be considered at the start of this new school year to ensure a learning experience better adapted to students’ needs.
Along with generalizing the teaching of the English language, Benmoussa announced that the Amazigh language instruction at the elementary level would be expanded to more schools, noting that 31% of schools have benefited thus far from this new development, thereby enhancing the linguistic and cultural diversity of the educational system.
The minister also mentioned the addition of new digital disciplines this year, such as robotics, which will be taught to 75,000 students to improve their technological skills.
One of the points the minister made is the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) approach, which is now accessible to approximately 400,000 students, a huge increase from the 17,000 of the previous year.
By taking into account the child’s baseline ability level and offering them hard yet doable tasks to help them advance, the TaRL approach attempts to boost confidence.
While encouraging each child’s accomplishments and modeling patience using this approach, teachers allow children to develop at their own speed.
Additionally, the Minister announced the introduction of a “study skills booklet” this year for students in elementary school, third year of middle school, and baccalaureate, which will allow their academic progress to be carefully tracked.
He mentioned the implementation of the “Pioneer Schools” project in 628 facilities, which will benefit 322,000 students and was made possible by the mobilization of 10,700 teachers and 157 educational inspectors.
The “Pioneer Schools” project was created to enhance the standard of basic education, decrease school wastage, and enhance student development through the adoption of new, efficient teaching strategies.
According to the Ministry of Education, this project is a component of the 2022-26 Roadmap for a “Quality School for All.”