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Support for system-wide educational reform and the development of a regulatory framework for higher education

Support for system-wide educational reform and the development of a regulatory framework for higher education

The Commonwealth Secretariat is to assist the Government of the Republic of Mauritius to address strategic gaps in the current system-wide educational reform effort

Country: Mauritius
Host: Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms
Start Date: 11 June 2016
End Date: 31 October 2016
Policy Area: Education
Policy Expert: Amina Osman
Project Manager: Joel Burman

Background

The Government of Mauritius is presently engaged in a process to align the Mauritian education system to the new UN SDGs, specifically the stand-alone Education 2030 Goal. Mauritius has embarked on a major transformation of its education and training system, from pre-primary through to the post-secondary and tertiary levels. The Nine Year Continuous Basic Education Reform programme sits within the Education and Human Resource Strategy Plan 2008 – 2020, which translates Government's commitment to bring about fundamental reforms in education.

The tertiary education landscape in Mauritius has witnessed significant transformations since the country's accession to its independence in 1968 when only one institution, namely the University of Mauritius (UoM) was in existence. Today, the Sector is quite diversified and encompasses some 65 institutions, public and private and regional, each with its own specificity.

Thus, the Higher Education sector faces a number of growingly complex challenges as a result of its expansion over the years. This includes the necessity for the sector to: develop high value added knowledge to enhance its competitive advantage; build its capacity to operate in an internationalised higher education environment; as well as widening access, ensuring equity and improving quality both of service and delivery.

The present regulatory system, that comprises different Acts for different entities set up at different times but with some overlaps, does not adequately support the further development of the sector nor to the achievement of Mauritius’ educational goals as expressed above. A new robust framework with clearly defined institutional mandates has thus become a pre-requisite to attain these objectives.

Goal

This project aims to address strategic gaps in the current system-wide educational reform effort including in the:

  1. development and embedding of new pedagogies, learner-centred teaching approach and new forms of assessment,
  2. implementation of the new curriculum framework, and
  3. development of an appropriate regulatory framework for higher education.
Impact

The primary beneficiary of the project will be the Government of Mauritius through the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research as well as the stakeholders in the tertiary sector. Educational practitioners, such as teachers, will also benefit from engagement and support in the implementation of Nine Year Continuous Basic Education and the attendant curriculum. Ultimately students and learners (current and prospective) will benefit from a more equitable and effective education system.

Outputs

The expected outputs will be:

  1. Review and evaluation of the new Nine Year Basic Education Curriculum Framework
  2. Sector-wide institutional strengthening for key aspects of the Education reform programme.
  3. Knowledge products supporting learning across the Commonwealth
  4. An appropriate regulatory Framework for Higher Education (a new HE Bill)