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Morocco’s Foreign Minister Saadeddine el-Othmani attends the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Manama November 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)

Rabat – The head of the Moroccan government, Saadeddine el-Othmani, will hold a conference on Monday in Rabat to brief the public opinion on the outcome of the government’s work over the past months. The meeting was initially scheduled to be held 100 days after government’s formation in April.

On Thursday, the government announced that it was ready for accountability, noting that representatives of the major parties forming the government coalition, as well as public figures from business and civil society will attend the conference.

Mustafa al-Khalfi, the minister in charge of relations with parliament and civil society, said that the government would provide a report on four months of its work, instead 100 days, and would detail emergency measures promised in its program.

Speaking during a news conference following a Cabinet meeting, al-Khalfi said Monday’s meeting was a “first step in the political process aimed at establishing a culture of accountability.”

The Moroccan minister listed a number of achievements he described as positive, including the award of scholarships for vocational training students, the reduction of the price of 135 medicines, the adoption of the largest recruitment process to solve the problem of overcrowding in schools, the establishment of the National Investment Commission, the adoption of the National Employment Plan, and the formation of a committee to monitor the implementation of the anti-corruption strategy.

On a different note, Othmani underlined the necessity to promote education as an important pillar in the country’s progress.

“Education is the key to development and progress and the door to the era,” the Moroccan prime minister said in remarks on Thursday.

A report issued by the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research in March acknowledged that Moroccan education was in danger, because of the low level of understanding among students, especially in scientific subjects and languages.

This was due to the accumulation of imbalances in this sector for several years, according to the council.