Coronavirus: more than 2,000 schools closed in Morocco

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A total of 2,250 schools are currently closed in Morocco due to the still perennial risk of contamination with the new coronavirus, according to figures obtained by AFP from the Ministry of Education.

“We are currently around 950,000 students”, whose schools are closed, of the approximately 7 million who were to return to school in September, the ministry spokesperson told AFP.

More than 2,000 new daily cases of infection have been identified in recent days in Morocco, for a total of 90,324 people infected, including 1,648 deaths on Wednesday evening.

Various emergency measures (strengthening of police checks, curfews, movement restrictions, etc.) have been taken in the country, in line with the extended powers conferred on the Ministry of the Interior within the framework of the state of health emergency.

Distance education has thus been imposed in all establishments located “in closed quarters or classified as epidemic centers” and for all children from infected families.

The French high school in Casablanca (nearly 4,000 students) canceled its face-to-face start following the restrictions imposed in the economic capital, while that of Rabat (around 2,500 students) closed at the beginning of the week after the detection of several cases of contagion , said Olivier Brochet, director of the Agency for French Education Abroad, during a re-entry point in Paris.

While the start of the academic year has been postponed to mid-October, the closure of borders is suffocating the university sector which had seen the number of foreign students increase from 3,289 in 2010 to 7,941 in 2019, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, according to the local press.

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