Is it possible to enroll in a university with an old bachelor’s degree? The question is raised every academic year. This time, the topic takes a special dimension with the hashtag #الباكالوريا_لا_تموت (“the bachelor does not die”), which was set by the university professor Omar Cherkaoui.
MPs addressed the topic by questioning the Minister of Higher Education with written questions. Reached by Médias24, Abdellatif Miraoui explains that there is no question of rejecting old bachelors, but of giving preference to new diploma holders. “You just need to be patient,” the minister said registrations will be held in the coming weeks.
In turn, Omar Cherkaoui condemns the “rejection” of applications for the registration of so-called “old” bachelors by universities to our editorial office and defends the right of everyone to education. “Tens of thousands of bachelor’s degree holders who lived in different years are deprived of their constitutional right, i.e. the right to easy access to education,” this academic regrets.
“There is no legal ban, it’s just an excuse”
“This right is enshrined in Article 31 of the Constitution, so state bodies are obliged to facilitate access to education for everyone. Legally, bachelor has no expiration date. This is an internationally recognized and non-expiring national diploma,” continues Omar Cherkaoui.
According to him, “without a legal ban, there are only excuses about it admission opportunities of universities. And these excuses cannot be enough to deprive a constitutional right, especially if other formulas guaranteeing this right can be applied, for example, distance courses and exams. The main thing is to give these young people another chance, to prevent them from falling into lawlessness and unemployment.”
Abdellatif Miraoui actually considers the alternative of distance learning courses possible, but not for this year. Therefore, to implement this option, we will have to wait for the next academic year, explains the minister, who also reminds us that the topic is not new, that the question is raised “every academic year”.
Deputies (PI and PPS) deal with the topic
Khadija Ezzoumi (PI) and Rachid Hammouni (PPS) each addressed a written question to the Minister of Higher Education about the measures to be taken to solve this problem and to open the way for “all those who want to continue their university studies without conditions”. He recently received a bachelor’s degree,” the deputy noted.
In the same opinion, the head of the FPPA parliamentary group believes that there are “other solutions” to overcome the problem of limited admission opportunities. In particular, he suggests using “innovative solutions” such as distance learning.