90% of medical college students are financially depending on their households (research)

A survey by the National Commission for Students of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy (CNEM) addressed more than 5,000 students to clarify their financial and social problems.

As a result, most of them are financially dependent on their families insufficient and limited financial resourcesespecially in lack of suitable job offers. This is the main finding of the study, which has barely eased scholarships and grants.

CNEM specifies that “students of medicine, dentistry during the first two years and pharmacy during the first three years do not receive any scholarship, allowance or systematic assistance to contribute to the costs of the study “.

As for 3rd year externals, they are reward up to 630 DH for their hospital and outpatient activities. Internal students required to practice receive a grant at 2000 DH per month.

Few students benefit from scholarships

CNEM explains that there are several scholarships that students can apply for during their undergraduate year. “However, if a student misses this opportunity to apply, he will no longer have the opportunity to apply again. »According to the results of the study 43.41% of the interviewed students have already applied for a Minhata scholarship, but only 18% benefit from it.

Two additional scholarships remain available to students whose parents are members of two foundations: the Mohammed VI Foundation. for Teachers’ Social Work (FM6) and the Hassan II Health Foundation (FH2). Thus, 16% will receive a grant from FM6 and 4% from FH2. “But the delays and omissions that have lasted since 4 to 7 monthsincrease student insecurity “, regrets CNEM.

“Housing and transport problems”

As a result of these financial obstacles, 50% of students have difficulty paying rent, which peaks at around 2,500 DH. This limits 42% of students to live further and further away from university facilities. “The apartments are located on average 40 minutes from faculties and internship places »assured by the Commission.

further 65.5% of students surveyed believe this that this situation negatively affects performance in hospital services and during university studies ’.

Financial difficulties also affect the well-being of students: According to the study, 64% of them skip meals. “University restaurants with affordable prices are far from medical studios,” regrets CNEM.

To make a living, most medical students (92%) state that they rely on financial assistance from their families. They estimate that the minimum amount needed to meet their needs is 2 700 DH per month.

CNEM therefore recommends increase in monthly contributions as well as the establishment scholarships for undergraduate students. He claims that “all students demand new special status for a student working in a hospital “.

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