Dr. Kaylash Allgoo
Mauritius Qualifications Authority

Dr. K. Allgoo has over the past 25 years served in various senior leadership capacities. After several successful years spent in the Private Sector he shifted to the Public Sector in 2006, serving as Director of the Mauritius Qualifications Authority, the regulatory body for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Mauritius. Under his leadership the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) was given a new impetus and was firmly integrated in the Mauritian Education and Training system; moreover he drove the successful implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Mauritius.

Dr Allgoo is a member of the Management Committee of the Virtual University of the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC), comprising of 32 small States, and also the Chairperson of its Transnational Qualifications Framework (TQF) Management Committee.

Having forged his identity as a leader and pioneer in education reforms, especially in NQF and RPL, he is invited to attend and contribute to several conferences and workshops both in Mauritius and internationally. He is currently involved in various projects at local as well as international level. His innovative approach to organisational excellence has gained him several prestigious awards including, being elevated by the President, Republic of Mauritius, as Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (O.S.K.) in 2008 for Distinguished Services in the Education Sector, the Knighthood award 'Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Palmes Academiques' by the French Government in September 2009, amongst other national and international Awards.

Institution Profile

The Mauritius Qualifications Authority (MQA) is a body corporate operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources. Its main objectives are to develop, implement and maintain a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) – a system designed to recognise the attainment of knowledge, understanding and skills by people in Mauritius; ensure compliance with provisions for registration and accreditation of training institutions; and ensure that standards and registered qualifications are internationally comparable.

The vision of the Authority is to promote valued qualifications for employability and lifelong learning while its mission is to continuously enhance good practice and relevant expertise to safeguard public interest in quality education and training.

The Authority is managed by a Board and headed by a Director who is the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the execution of the policy of the Board and the control and management of the day-to-day business of the Authority.

The MQA has now an established NQF and is implementing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in the TVET sector. In addition, Quality Assurance Standards have been set up for improved compliance by both public and private training institutions. As at 31 December 2011, the Authority has registered 582 Training Institutions and 3673 Trainers, accredited 1471 Award Programmes, approved 8922 Non-Award courses, processed 358 applications of Recognition of qualifications and 326 requests for the Equivalence of qualifications. Until December 2011, MQA has also generated 3812 Unit Standards and 145 National Qualifications.