Why should Morocco learn English
English is not the first nor the second language in Morocco. That is a problem in today’s information age. To be able to benefit from the abundance of knowledge and ease of how we can access it these days, it is time for Morocco to adopt English as the second language.
The minister of higher education commented that: Moroccan students who don’t speak English should bury themselves. That sounds like a rather harsh statement to make the point
What are you interested in? Science? Music? Computers? Health? Business? Sports? Today’s information age gives you almost unlimited access to knowledge about your favorite subjects. Most of this knowledge is in English however.
It is not an easy task to transition a country to speak English instead of French overnight. The logistics are enormous, from convincing the public to adopt a new language, training teachers, changing various currucula, street signs, etc. It is a worthwhile task nonetheless.
Here are some examples of knowledge you can use if you know English:
Most pages on the Web: That’s over a billion (1,000,000,000) pages of information! It’s amazing that learning just one language gives you access toalmost all knowledge on the Internet.
Science: English is the key to the world of science. In 1997, 95% of the articles in the Science Citation Index were written in English. Only about 50% of them were from English-speaking countries like the USA or Britain. (source)
Media: Only English-language magazines and newspapers can be bought in every part of the world. You don’t have to search for Time, Newsweek, or the International Herald Tribune! Watch international television networks, such as CNN International and NBC. They broadcast news much faster, than smaller, national networks. And you can watch them everywhere in the world.
Books: on any subject, from all over the world. Read books by British or American authors, and books translated from other languages. Whatever you’re interested in, you can read about it in English!
This is just some benefits related to acquiring knowledge. These are other factors such as business advancement, and communication advantages that Morocco can benefit from if English is adopted as a second language.
Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Lahcen Daoudi made his point very clear about the importance of English by saying: “Morocco’s future and the future of the world lies with science, and English is nowadays the lingua franca of science,”.