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Mauritius Cabinet notes projects to improve educational infrastructure

Mauritius Cabinet notes projects to improve educational infrastructure

The aim of this reform is to improve educational infrastructure of private-aided secondary schools in underprivileged areas, especially with respect to land acquisition. (Image: PSSA website)

Aiming to improve the quality of life of Mauritian citizens, the Mauritius Cabinet came out with a series of measures on October 10, 2014, emphasizing the improvement of the educational environment.

In this context, the cabinet has agreed to review the eligibility criteria of the loan scheme for Private Grant-Aided Secondary Schools, operated by the Development Bank of Mauritius Ltd.

The aim of this reform is to improve educational infrastructure of private-aided secondary schools in underprivileged areas, especially with respect to land acquisition.

As on date, applications from eight secondary schools amounting to Rs 112.15 million have been approved, whereas five additional applications are under consideration.

The Cabinet has also noted the report of the Senior Labour Statistics Specialist of the International Labour Organization Pretoria Office, Coffi Dominique Agossou, who provided technical assistance and training to Officers of the Employment Service of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment.

Some of the recommendations are, (a) strengthening of employment counselling and the Labour Market Information Unit of the Employment Service; (b) development of new placement strategies through extensive analysis of labour market information; (c) defining clearly the informal sector and informal employment in the Mauritian context, and conduct of surveys in the informal sector; and (d) publication and dissemination of reports regarding employment opportunities in different occupations and sectors in demand in terms of job creation.

Furthermore, the cabinet has also taken note of additional arrangements made by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment for better dissemination of information on employment opportunities and the labour market by the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).

In order to attain the set objective, the MBC is planning to produce a short video on employment prospects and opportunities, communiqués and announcements on employment opportunities daily on the radio, and finally announcements on the holding of job fairs and employment forum, and monthly programmes ‘A vous de Juger’ on relevant topics of the Ministry, to be broadcast on Kool FM Radio.

The Cabinet has additionally taken note of developments in the design and formulation of a National Export Strategy.

With a view to manage and monitor the works in progress and ensuring the required outputs are satisfactorily completed in a timely manner, the Chairperson of Enterprise Mauritius, Louis Amedée Darga, has been designated as Navigator.

A National Core Team, comprising representatives of Ministries/Departments and private sector organizations, has been set up to advise and support the Navigator.

Furthermore, the cabinet has taken note of the outcome of the recent mission of the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Rajeshwar Jeetah, to the UK and France.

The main objectives of the visit were to hold discussions with universities on the setting up of a nanotechnology centre and joint research programmes in Mauritius, and discuss with the President of the University of Limoges on the continued collaboration with the Université des Mascareignes and the introduction of new programmes of studies.

While in the UK, Rajeshwar Jeetah met the Director of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Professor Mark McCarthy, over the setting up of a Centre for Research on Genomics; and also spoke to Professor Milo Shaffer, Co-Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, Imperial College London, on the setting up of a Nanotechnology Centre in Mauritius.

Rajeshwar Jeetah also met Helene Pauliat, President of the Université of Limoges in France, who agreed to extend collaboration to the IIT Research Academy of Mauritius and IIT Delhi for joint research into the development of a nano satellite, assist the Université des Mascareignes to consolidate its doctoral school and set up a Carrefour des Etudiants to advise on the choice of fields of study and careers.

Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fiaroso, has, for her part, expressed her appreciation on the setting up of the Université des Mascareignes, in collaboration with the Université de Limoges, as a bilingual university and upholding the objectives of francophonie and is the only institution in the African region to provide higher education of European standards and degrees which have dual recognition.

Finally, the Mauritian Ministry of Information and Communication Technology would launch a sensitization campaign on the various e-services/online services offered by Government and hosted on the Government Online Portal.

As a quick reminder, there are 83 e-services, such as applications for vacancies at the Public Service Commission, a Learner’s Licence, registration for various services, that are available on the Government Online Portal.

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