The overall goal of the proposed project is to ensure that madrasah contribute effectively and efficiently to the Government's goal of 9-year compulsory basic education and are treated as equal partners within one national education system. The purpose of the proposed project is to: (i) improve the quality and financial sustainability of madrasah education at the national level to achieve sustainable quality improvements and reduced disparities in educational outcomes between schools and madrasah, and between public and private madrasah; (ii) decentralize madrasah to the district level in selected districts; and (iii) increase educational opportunities for children in under-served areas, especially girls.
The output of the PPTA will be an MEDP that will (i) improve education quality in madrasah through better teaching and learning resources, upgraded teachers, strengthening of selected madrasah to become model or "smart" schools and strengthened quality assurance systems; (ii) improve the management and financial sustainability of madrasah through reducing financing gaps between public and private schools and madrasah, introducing block grants linked to performance agreements, reducing inefficiencies in allocation of civil service teachers, establishing transparent financial management in madrasah and establishing madrasah/school committees; (iii) pilot decentralization in a few districts by developing national and local policies and the legal framework needed for decentralization, strengthening district organizational structures and capacity to govern and manage the madrasah system and decentralizing the information management system; (iv) assess and address the impact of decentralization upon MORA's structures and functions; and (v) improve social equity by providing financial and academic support to disadvantaged children, extending access especially to girls, and establishing madrasah health clinics.
Selected districts nation-wide. Decentralization of madrasah will be piloted in a couple of these districts.
The PPTA will review the major recommendations of the Madrasah Education Sector Assessment (MESA) and other relevant documents; confirm and update the data in the MESA report where possible; review and validate the proposed project framework; confirm the status of pending legislative amendments and Government Regulations necessary for decentralization of madrasah; liaise with BAPPENAS and the Ministry of National Education on Government policy towards financing of the private education sector (schools and madrasah); select the provinces or districts for the first phase of madrasah decentralization; design and estimate the capacity building and resource requirements of these districts to enable them to manage madrasah effectively; estimate the resources required for quality improvement in madrasah including facilities, textbooks, teacher inservicing and upgrading and the establishment of an independent accreditation agency in these districts; review the recruitment, deployment and pre-service education of madrasah teachers and recommend more efficient and effective systems; design and estimate the resources needed to upgrade the management skills of foundations, school committees and budgets among private and public schools and madrasah; examine the feasibility of establishing endowment funds for madrasah; design a mechanism for scholarship support to poor students and estimate requirements; develop and outline a monitoring and evaluation system; specify the funds flow for project funds to districts, madrasah and any other involved agencies, avoiding the use of imprest accounts to the extent possible; develop guidelines and mechanisms to increase accountability and adopt anti-fraud and anti-corruption measures within all involved agencies and units; and make recommendations on how to strengthen project management skills and accountability.