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Moroccan medical students protest privatization of medical education

The government’s decision to privatize medical education has caused protests among medical students in public schools that have been ongoing since late March.

“Our goal is not to organize a march; it’s to find a solution,” says Saad Mazouni, a medical student from Marrakesh, Morocco. He is one of 18,000 Moroccan medical students entering the third month of their strike, which began on March 25. They are protesting privatization of medical education and recent reforms to the medical education system in Morocco.

Public medical students, who organize through a national commission of which Mazouni is part, released a list of 14 demands. Describing the state of public medical education, he says, “Students no longer see their future; it’s completely black.”

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