Formal education in Morocco consists of primary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. It is mandatory for children in the country to be enrolled in school for a period of nine years, between the ages of seven and 16. As there are no public pre-primary educational institutions, these are managed by private entities supervised by the country's Ministry of Education. Despite the controversy surrounding the languages of instruction in the country, most courses are taught in Arabic and French. Other languages commonly taught are English, Spanish, and Amazigh, which was recognized as an official language in 2011.
Students and teaching staff in compulsory education
Around 1.2 million students attended tertiary education in Morocco in 2020. The number of enrollees increased significantly in recent years, growing from approximately 450,000 students in 2010. Enrollment and successful completion of higher education programs is more common among women, who represented 54 percent of the university graduates in the country in 2020. Moreover, out of all tertiary student enrollments, nearly eight percent were in private institutions. Regarding teachers and professors, the number of teaching staff at the tertiary level added up to roughly 10,200 women and 26,700 men in 2020.
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