In line with the terms of Regulations 30 of the Treasury Regulations, a Service Level Agreement (SLA) must be concluded annually with the MQA and the Executive Authority namely, the Department of Higher Education and Training. This agreement should contain key performance indicators and outcomes expected by the stakeholders in line with the protocol for corporate governance in the public sector.
The Board provides strategic direction, leadership, determines goals and objectives of the MQA, and approves key policies, financial objectives, plans, goals and strategies. The MQA Constitution, the Board Charter and the Terms of Reference for all standing committees are aligned to the principles incorporated in the Code of Corporate Practices and Conduct in the King III report. The Board’s standing committee played a critical oversight role that created an enabling environment for achievement of goals.
Composition of the Board
The MQA Board comprises 14 members namely, the Board Chairperson, five representatives from Organised Employers; six representatives from Organised Labour; one State representative and one Community representative. For business continuity, the MQA makes provision for the appointment of alternates. These alternates are invited to Board meetings when the full-time stakeholder representatives they represent are unable to attend. The Board possesses extensive expertise providing a mixed balance of knowledge that enables the MQA to deliver on its mandate.
Remuneration of Board Committees
The Board is assisted by five committees and has delegated various matters in line with each Committee’s Charter together with the Terms of Reference. Only non-executive independent members not employed by Government are paid fees for their expertise and fees are determined by the Board.