Education in Morocco is free and required by law through primary school. However, the majority of girls in rural areas do not attend school and many drop out after elementary school. Morocco suffers from a great deal of disparity in terms of literacy primarily due to geographic location and gender. As of 2010, 60% of the total population is considered literate. With only 45% of the total population being women and only 10% of who live in rural areas.
Morocco is home to 14 public universities. Mohammed V University in Rabat is one of the country’s most famous schools, with faculties of law, sciences, liberal arts, and medicine. Founded over 1,000 years ago, Karaouine University, in Fes, is the oldest center for Islamic studies in the Maghreb. Morocco’s most prestigious private English-language university, Al-Akhawayn, was founded in 1993 by King Hassan II and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in Ifrane. Its curriculum is based on an American model.
The Ministry of Education National (MEN) develops and implements, within the laws and regulations, the government policy in the field of preschool, primary and secondary education, and within its powers, the state control on private school education. The Ministry is also responsible for developing the government policy on education for the benefit of all children who do not attend or drop out schools.
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