The Ministry of National Education has sent a note to the owners and directors of private schools in Morocco, stressing that the schools are required to insure all of their students against the risks of school accidents inside the establishments or during the time when the students are under the effective supervision of the personnel.
The note reminds schools that insurance coverage is to be in accordance with the provisions of the legislation regarding private school education, reported The Morning.
The text also indicates that parents and guardians of students must be informed of the clauses of the insurance contract.
The ministry also specifies that each pupil must have individual insurance cover valid for the entire duration of the school year.
The ministry introduced a new requirement which is that schools have to issue a payment receipt clearly specifying the amount of school insurance paid. The receipt is to be given to the parents and guardians of the students, who are also to be furnished a copy of the insurance contract detailing the nature of the insurance services. The insurance policy must be purchased from a company specialising in this type of service.
These instructions will prevent some establishments from hiding the amount of insurance expenses billed in tuition fees and will allow parents to know the exact amount paid as well as the details of the coverage provided.
School insurance has often been a subject of dispute between private schools and parents or guardians of students.
The ministry also stated that audits and controls will be carried out by bodies responsible for monitoring the work of private educational establishments.