News: Headlines from the Moroccan Press: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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CNSS Polyclinics: Parliament gets involved:

In the CNSS polyclinics, the situation becomes a political issue. As the case of the outsourcing of these hospital establishments under the National Social Security Fund resurfaces, the Minister of Employment and Professional Insertion will have to explain himself this Wednesday before the deputies of the first chamber. The parliamentary standing committee in charge of social sectors at the House of Representatives is expected to devote part of the debate to the involvement of these polyclinics in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the Kingdom, but the management of these structures and their current and future situation will be at the centre of discussions.

Edito : Présentiel, et après? :

This is the kind of endless debate where no one is wrong and not everyone is totally right. Even if, on the surface, they are opposed, the two camps, the pros and cons of the distanced mode of teaching, are nevertheless united in their conception, our conception, of what the school should be. More often than not, the debate balances two major parameters: on the one hand, the volume invested by families, whether measurable in time, energy or money, and, on the other, the volume of what their offspring receive in terms of knowledge and technical know-how. The latter is, in turn, judged by the volume of time spent in the classroom and judged, in fine, by marks, and test scores.


The thematic working group in charge of health system legislation identifies the priority areas for action:

Yesterday, House of Representatives Speaker Habib El Malki chaired the second meeting of the thematic working group on health system legislation at the Parliament's headquarters in Rabat. During the meeting, the axes and the work methodology were adopted as well as the structure of the group and its action plan. The three areas that were defined will make it possible to address many issues in the sector, including health coverage, governance in the sector, the exercise of the medical and paramedical professions, scientific research, infrastructure, and the health map, according to a press release from the House of Representatives.

How Moroccan universities manage the start of the new academic year:

Universities, like schools, are importing themselves into an exceptional context marked by a general mobilisation to fight against Covid-19 and its impact on different sectors, including secondary and higher education. Each university is therefore undertaking its own preparations to manage this new school year and to complete the examination period scheduled for September to make up for the spring session examinations postponed following the advent of Covid-19 and the announcement of the containment.


The record levels of contamination lead to a tightening of measures:

Over the past few weeks, citizens across the country have been living in nagging fear. As if they had a sword over their heads, materialised by the restrictive measures introduced by the Executive in the event of a negative evolution of the epidemiological situation, a logical fear, all the more so as the latest figures hardly give cause for optimism. After the record of 2,430 new Covid+ cases recorded throughout the national territory on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the threshold of 2,000 daily cases has once again been largely crossed with 2,238 and 2,251 new cases respectively. Worse, the Ministry of Health counted 17,580 active cases on Sunday, 266 severe or critical cases, and 48 intubated patients.

Youssoufia is back in confinement:

On Sunday, the provincial authorities of Youssoufia announced the adoption of a new battery of measures that will come into force since Monday, September 14, for a renewable period of 10 days, to face the epidemiological situation at the provincial level, and curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In this sense, the governor of the province of Youssoufia, Mohamed Salem Essabti, has issued a decision on the setting of closing hours of shops and public spaces and this, in line with all the measures required to preserve health security at the provincial level, in order to stop the spread of Covid-19.