Membership, Governance & Management

SEACMEQ’s policy and programme is set by the SEACMEQ Assembly of Ministers, which is the Governing Council for the consortium. The 16 Ministers of Education of the participating school systems are members of this Assembly. A rotating Chairmanship heads the SEACMEQ Assembly of Ministers which meets biannually. The current Chairperson of the SEACMEQ Assembly is Hon. Mr Bagalatia Arone, Minister of Basic Education, Botswana. The set policies are implemented through a number of committees and coordinated by the consortium secretariat based in Gaborone Botswana. SEACMEQ secretariat is known as the SEACMEQ Co-ordinating Centre (SCC).

SEACMEQ Committees

The SEACMEQ Managing Committee is responsible for coordinating the details of SEACMEQ’s administration and finance. The committee consists of five Ministers of Education that are elected by the SEACMEQ Assembly of Ministers for a two-year period. Constitutionally, Zimbabwe's Education Permanent Secretary sits in the Committee as an ex-officio member. Current elected members of the Committee are the Ministers of Education from South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Tanzania (mainland). A rotating Chairman heads the SEACMEQ Managing Committee, which meets annually. The current SEACMEQ Managing Committee members are:

Hon.  Dr. Joyce Ndalichako (Chair), Minister of Education, Science, Technology, and Vocational Training, Tanzania (Mainland).
Hon. Mr Joel Morgan, Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Seychelles.
Hon. Mrs Angelina Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, South Africa.
Hon. Ms Conceita Ernesto Xavier Sortane , Minister of Education and Human Development , Mozambique.
Hon. Dr Fred Matiang’I, Cabinet Secretary,Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, Kenya.


The SEACMEQ Research Committee

In line with Article IX, 1, (i), (ii), (iii), and (iv) of the Constitution of the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre, the SEACMEQ Research Committee has the key advisory role to ensure the highest quality of the results of the research activities.  Particularly, the SEACMEQ Research Committee: 
i. Advises the SEACMEQ Managing Committee (SMC) on all SEACMEQ research and training projects;

ii. Presents recommendations concerning the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre (SCC) annual plan of activities and budget to the SEACMEQ Managing Committee (SMC);

iii. Provides advice concerning matters of SEACMEQ policies and programmes to the SEACMEQ Assembly of Ministers (SAM) and Managing Committee (SMC);

iv. Provides advice on technical issues to the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre (SCC);

v. Analyses documents on the results of the research activities and provide advice to the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre (SCC);

vi. Validates the process and results of the research activities;

vii. Compiles technical documentation for all past SEACMEQ Studies

viii. Ensures that the best technical standards are respected;

ix. Supports the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre (SCC) in the selection of the most appropriate institutions/experts in case a considerable part of the activities of the research will be outsourcedhairman.

The current SEACMEQ Research Committee members are:

1. Mr Moisés Perdão JOSÉ (Angola)
2. Mr Archie Kelaotswe GALEBOE (Botswana) - CHAIR
3. Mr. Jabulane T. SHABALALA (Eswatini)
4. Dr. Asumpta K. Mulila MATEI (Kenya)
5. Dr Makhube RALENKOANE (Lesotho)
6. Mr Jennings M. KAYIRA (Malawi)
7. Dr Rajiv Kumar AUKHOJEE (Mauritius)
8. Dr Carlos LAUCHANDE (Mozambique)
9. Ms  Lydia Penomuntu AIPINGE (Namibia)
10. Mr Kairen Emmanuel MADELEINE (Seychelles) - VICE CHAIR
11. Dr Mark CHETTY (South Africa)
12. Dr. Edicome Cornel SHIRIMA (Tanzania - Mainland)
13. Dr Saverio PIDO (Uganda)
14. Mr Abdalla Mohamed MUSSA (Tanzania - Zanzibar)
15. Mr Lazarous MUTALE (Zambia)
16. Dr Timothy CHIWIYE (Zimbabwe)
The National Steering Committee
Each Ministry of Education is overseeing the country operations of each SEACMEQ Project through a National Steering Committee (NSC).  Members of the National Steering Committee are selected from the following sectors: 
i. Basic Education Administration
ii. Management of schools
iii. Teacher Education
iv. Curriculum Development
v. Education Planning and Research
vi. National Assessments vii. Teacher Union
viii. Statistics Office
ix. Non-Governmental Organisations (Education)
x. Ministry of Health xi. Teaching Service Commission
xii. Association for Private Schools xiii. Governance and Management of Schools   
The National Steering Committee:
i. Provides oversight and stewardship of the SEACMEQ educational policy research to ensure its long-term development and scientific utility;
ii. Oversees and guides the SEACMEQ national activities;
iii. Refers to or advises the National Research Coordinators (NSC) on matters arising from the work of the SEACMEQ Research Committee (SRC); 
iv. Considers or acts upon advice from the SEACMEQ Research Committee SRC);
v. Engages and works with any organisation or individual in pursuance of the National Steering Committee’s responsibility for oversight and stewardship of the SEACMEQ educational policy research. 


Coordination of in Country Activities

All SEACMEQ activities within a country are coordinated by National Research Coordinators. The SEACMEQ National Research Co-ordinators (NRCs) and their deputies are appointed by their respective Ministers of Education. They receive general and technical support from the SCC and the SEACMEQ Research Committee.