25182-013: Secondary Education Development and Improvement

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


Description

The Project aims to reduce inequity and geographic disparity in access to, quality and efficiency of public secondary education (grades 7 to 10) by targeting poverty affected provinces with low rates of enrollment and completion and low student achievement levels. The Project will also help the process of management decentralization that encourages school-based management (school autonomy) with local participation in school planning and management. Project preparation has been closely coordinated with that of the Third Elementary Education Project, financed by the World Bank and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. The two Projects target the same provinces and share complementary strategies to jointly support the improvement of access, and learning outcomes at schools, decentralization of basic education management and implementation of privatized textbook publishing and procurement.
The Project comprises three main objectives: (i) to improve quality and relevance of secondary education in project provinces; (ii) to increase the rate of participation in and completion of secondary education in underserved areas within the Project provinces; and (iii) to facilitate decentralization process to establish conditions for school-based management.
The Project will primarily cover 14 poverty-affected rural provinces. Limited support (textbook provisions and initial preparation for decentralization) will be provided to additional 12 poverty-affected rural provinces.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Secondary education in the Philippines typically enrolls 13-16 year-old students, and plays dual roles (i) to enhance trainability of these students who will enter the work force, and (ii) to provide academic preparation for these students continuing into higher education. Subsector performance and the overall standards have been curtailed by the low enrollment, completion, and student achievement in the poverty-affected rural areas. For the country to achieve the ten-year (1996-2005) subsector performance targets set by the Basic Education Master Plan, and to ensure supply of trainable human resources, it is essential to embark on geographicallly and socially targeted intervention to the low performing and poverty- affected provinces and schools.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental implications were reviewed and no significant adverse environmental impacts were identified.



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Timetable

Concept Clearance
09 Feb 1994

Fact-finding
08 Sep 1997 to 03 Oct 1997

Management Review Meeting
19 Jan 1998

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