Nepal: Secondary Education Support Project

Sovereign Project | 34022-013 Status: Closed

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Project Name Secondary Education Support Project
Project Number 34022-013
Country Nepal
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 1917-NEP: Secondary Education Support Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 30.00 million
Loan: Secondary Education Support Project
Danish International Development Assistance US$ 6.30 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development - Secondary - Secondary - social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The goal of the project is to expand quality education suitable for the needs of national development. The objectives of the project are to: (i) improve the quality of public secondary education; (ii) improve access to public secondary education particularly for girls and students from poor and disadvantaged groups and districts; and (iii) develop the institutional capacity of central and local governments and local communities to sustain and deepen the school improvement process. The project will have the following components: (i) Increased Equitable Access to an Improved Learning Environment; (ii) An Improved and Relevant Curriculum, Improved Assessment and Accessible Instructional Materials; and (iii) An Improved and Sustainable System for the Education, Development and Management of Teachers.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Secondary education has a long term positive impact through: (i) human development and productivity efficiency through increased numbers of higher quality secondary students, and a better qualified and more productive workforce leading to improved earnings. Investment in lower secondary and secondary education, where basic cognitive skills are acquired and consolidated, is particularly valuable because it improves basic productivity as well as increases basic welfare. Investment in secondary education also improves the quality of, and increases the number of entrants to, higher levels of education, where higher cognitive skills are acquired, with the resulting improvement of higher order productivity. Significant social benefits are derived from girls education such as lower fertility, improved health and nutrition status of their families, and higher education attainment of their children leading to intergenerational benefits. The implication is that investment in this education subsector potentially has higher returns, both for the individual and for society.
Impact To expand quality education suitable for the need of national development.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improve the quality, relevance and access of public secondary schooling. Develop the institutional capacity and management of central and district education institutions and public secondary schools based upon a decentralized system of planning and management.
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Increase equitable access to an improved learning environment especially for girls and other disadvantaged groups.

Support teacher education, development and management.

Improve institutional capacity in the school sector based on decentralized planning and management.

Improve and increase relevancy of curriculum, technically improve assessment and accessible instructional materials.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location All districts
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A total input of 244 person-months of international consulting and 709 person-months of domestic consulting are planned. Of this, 132 person-months of international consulting and 633 person-months of domestic consulting services will be funded by DANIDA with grant funds. Consultants' inputs will cover a wide range of expertise which includes: (i) curriculum and instructional materials design; (ii) classroom assessment and examination reform; (iii) management and teacher training curriculum and materials development; (iv) training of trainers; (v) special needs curriculum development; (vi) research and evaluation; (vii) ICT curriculum; (viii) EMIS development; (ix) school planning and improvement; and (x) decentralization and management, etc.
Procurement All procurement services for the project will follow ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Contract for civil works estimated to cost more than $1.0 million equivalent will be carried out using international competitive bidding (ICB) procedures while those contracts that are estimated to cost $1.0 million equivalent or less will be under local competitive bidding (LCB) procedures. Minor school development works and maintenance may be carried out on a force account basis. The procurement of goods will be grouped into packages larger than $500,000 to be suitable for ICB procedures. Miscellaneous minor goods that cannot be grouped into larger contracts and cost less than $500,000 per contract will be procured through international shopping procedures. Minor items costing less than the equivalent of $100,000 per contract may be purchased directly.
Responsible ADB Officer Rudi Louis Hendrikus Van Dael
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Education
Director General
Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES)
Kathmandu, Nepal
Concept Clearance 07 Mar 2000
Fact Finding 07 Mar 2002 to 22 Mar 2002
MRM 20 May 2002
Approval 20 Sep 2002
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 01 Feb 2007
Last PDS Update 22 Jul 2009

Loan 1917-NEP

Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
20 Sep 2002 17 Jan 2003 05 Aug 2003 30 Sep 2008 30 Sep 2009 26 Nov 2010
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 36.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 30.00 20 Sep 2002 32.07 0.00 99%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 6.30 20 Sep 2002 32.48 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Secondary Education Support Project Project/Program Completion Reports Dec 2011
Secondary Education Support Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Aug 2002

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