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|Loan Name||Education for Knowledge Society Project|
|Project Number||39293- 01|
|Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]||
|Sector/Subsector||Education / Education Sector Development|
The objective of the project is to improve quality, relevance, management, effectiveness and equity of access to secondary and tertiary education and training programs, in particular, in rural and disadvantaged locations. The Project components are:
(i) to increase equity of access to education through secondary schools upgrading and scholarship program;
(ii) to enhance quality and relevance of education through competency-based education (CBE) curriculum devt, competency standards for CBE, in-service teacher training, development of center of excellent in English Language teaching, upgrading of Sri Lanka Institute for Advanced Technological Education, fund for innovative Information and Communication Technology for learning;
(iii) to improve policy, governance, and service delivery through high level policy coordination and partnerships mechanism, integrated management information system, career guidance, and social marketing.
|Outcome||Progress Toward Outcome|
|Improved quality, relevance, effectiveness, and equity of access to secondary and tertiary education, in particular in rural and disadvantaged locations.||Project is making satisfactory progress. Program for the Northern Province is on track. Vigilance is, however, required to accelerate implementation of the grant component.|
|Outputs||Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)|
1: Increased Equity of Access to Education
1.1. One hundred schools in poorest DSDs have the capacity to deliver a new CBE curriculum in technologies, sciences, and ICT (original 150, then reduced to 100 at midterm review)
1.2. A fair, well-managed, and sustainable scholarship program is implemented
2: Quality and Relevance of Teaching and Learning Enhanced
2.1. A competency-based curriculum that integrates the use of ICT in subjects related to languages, mathematics, sciences, and technology is used in secondary schools as the basis for teaching and evaluating students
2.2 The center of excellence in English education (CEIEE) is fully operational
2.3 The Sri Lanka Institute of Advanced Technological Education (SLIATE) is upgraded
2.4 Use of ICT for teaching and learning is enhanced
3: Improved HIV/AIDS and Health Education
3.1. HIV/AIDS and health education has improved
4: Improved Policy, Governance, and Service Delivery
4.1 General education, higher education, TEVT and private sector policy coordination dialogue and partnerships are enhanced
4.2. A fully integrated MIS is operational
4.3. Relevant and accessible management training provided for school principals and education officers
4.4. Career guidance for students in secondary schools improved
4.5. Social marketing of learning and career options conducted
(i) 110 secondary schools selected for upgrading, and upgrading in 60 schools ongoing.
(ii) to date, 2,325 scholarships have been awarded under the Acceleratated Skills Acquisition Program, and 7,452 scholarships to Grade 10 students.
(i) Recruitment of consulting inputs to assist in deloping performance standards for competency-based education completed. National team members fielded in mid-Nov 2010.
(ii) Refurbishment of some of CEIEE's infrastructure in progress. Instructional materials developed.
(iii) Development of courses/programs and establishment of MIS for SLIATE completed. Upgrading (through provision of small infrastructure for computer labs and library facilities, and procurement of equipment) is completed.
(iv) Of the targeted 2,125 type-2 secondary schools, minor upgrads to 1,250 schools have been completed, and 1,000 schools have been provided with computers and furniture. 4,400 teachers have completed training of IPICT and 4,000 on ICDL/CAL learning.
Activities ongoing, i.e. five-year plan (2008-2010) on HIV/AIDS education has been prepared; 5,000 teacher have been trained in HIV/AIDS education; zonal offices are being equipped and training programs are going; and health promotion books and awareness materials have been developed for distribution.
(i) Finalization of the proposed mechanism for senior level policy coordination has been delayed as furtehr consultations were deemed necessary, and further delayed due to parliamentary election.
(ii) Consultant to assist the Ministry of Education develop an MIS is being recruited.
(iii) An analysis/needs assessment for capacity enhancement of CELD is being conducted. Recruitment of consultancy support for CELD is ongoing.
(iv) Career guidance training manual and teacher guides have been prepared and printed; needs assessment of teacher centers has been completed and center staff has been finalized; and orientation programs for relevant staff and principals have been prepared for implementation.
(v) Social marketing strategy and information campaign to promote school-based assessment has been approved, and an interactive website in being developed.
Allocated funds for the secondary school upgrading program is not adequate to complete the Project target of 150 schools due to the higher unit cost for school upgrading. A fund-utilization plan identifying possible resources/savings to meet the shortfall has been prepared and is under review.
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation|
|During Project Implementation||Yes there was a consultation with stakeholders.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||
|Responsible ADB Department||
South Asia Department
|Responsible ADB Division||
Human and Social Development Division, SARD
|Concept Clearance||08 Aug 2005|
|Fact-finding||06 Mar 2007 to 21 Mar 2007|
|Appraisal||05 Jun 2007 to 15 Jun 2007|
|Board Approval||26 Nov 2007|
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