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. Dr Unity Dow, 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 Scientific Committee provides training and technical support and advice to the SEACMEQ Coordinating Centre as well as to the National Research Coordinators. The committee consists of a number of experts (Professors, former and current NRCs) that are recommended by the SCC and appointed by the SEACMEQ Assembly of Ministers. It is headed by a Chairman. The current SEACMEQ Scientific Committee members are:

Chair (TBC)
Dr Joseph Chimombo (Malawi)
Ms Motseng Maema (Lesotho)
Dr Meshack Moloi (South Africa)
Dr André Leste (Seychelles)


Each Ministry of Education is overseeing the country operations of each SEACMEQ member through a National Steering Committee. This national committee consists of a number of high-ranking officials from the countries’ ministries of Education. The National Steering Committee oversees the work of the National Research Co-ordinator and his/her team.

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 Scientific Committee.