Only the food and fuel will be at their costs. They are the foreign trainers of Focal Point, the first moto-school of Mauritius launched on November 17 in the presence of the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Public Transport Nando Bodha. Their gross monthly salary: 5,000 euros, a little less than Rs 200,000 each. In addition, they will be entitled to accommodation and a company car during their stay in Mauritius.
These seven French trainers should provide the seven months of courses. But “only two trainers will take the theoretical courses initially until the end of January,” explains Parmanand Moloye, founder and director of Focal Point. Subsequently, the other trainers will be “requisitioned alternately for practical courses starting in February”. A maneuver “purely strategic, economically”, in order to cushion the consequent costs of implementing this school, he adds.
What about recruiting foreigners – more expensive – instead of Mauritian trainers? To this question, the director of Focal Point refers to “the superior skills of foreigners compared to our compatriots … Due in particular to the level of training to which they were entitled abroad”.
Asked by phone last night, Daniel Raymond, Road Safety Coordinator at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, agrees. “At the moment, there is no qualified Mauritian who will meet the criteria to be a trainer. This is why the department has been looking abroad,” he said.
Jean Marc Martinez, from the Reunionese firm BLM Formation, is the coordinator of the foreign trainers in Mauritius. He will enjoy the same privileges as other trainers, but will also be entitled to three round-trip airfares. “Our trainers, six from metropolitan France and one from Reunion Island, are all experienced bikers and will be up to par with this seven-month course,” he says.
Present in Reunion Island, the company of Jean Marc Martinez also holds a seat in France and in Mayotte, the CFSR 97.6. He is himself a specialist in motorcycles, cars, trucks and heavy trucks.
The coordinator Martinez says that for the first days of classes, Monday and Tuesday, “only 18 students were present. And this, only aspiring monitors. No future examiner.
Yet, according to the agreement between Focal Point and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, there were plans to train 40 students, 30 of whom would be future monitors and 10 others, training policemen, who would be called future examiners.