Sri Lanka: Education for Knowledge Society Project

Sovereign Project | 39293-013 Status:

Summary

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.

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Project Name Education for Knowledge Society Project
Project Number 39293-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0091-SRI: Education for Knowledge Society Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 15.00 million
Loan 2371-SRI: Education for Knowledge Society Project
Asian Development Fund US$ 65.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

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.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Project is in line with the Government's ten year development plan (2006-2015) that calls for an education system that will provide the technological skills required for a knowledge-based society to underpin rapid economic and social development. The Government has also developed an Education Sector Development Framework and Program (ESDFP) 2006-2010 that apporpriately addresses the key issues in general education. Its themes of equity, quality, efficiency and good governance are consistent with ADB sector strategies and the Project will be integrated into the ESDFP and support implementation of Government strategies in specific areas.
Impact Increased relevance of secondary and tertiary education to labor market requirements leading to increased employability of educated youth.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved quality, relevance, effectiveness, and equity of access to secondary and tertiary education, in particular in rural and disadvantaged locations.
Progress Toward Outcome The outcome indicators were on track, and some adjustments in activities have been made to ensure that the project met intended outcomes. Project reporting was satisfactory.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

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

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

1.1. (i) Due to unit cost overruns which amounted to almost twice that at appraisal, the Project was able to upgraded only 100 secondary schools (SSU) while applying EEF. (ii) Different types of civil works undertaken and provision of equipment, furniture, computer facilities provided to the 100 schools under SSU. (iii) Number of teachers in the 100 schools under SSU had increased from 4,142 in 2008 to 4,749 in 2014.

1.2. 73,590 scholarships provided (28,580 Sisudiriya scholarships, 25,064 ASAP, 6,962 SPTP, 7,996 TSTS, 4,988 FFSS)

2.1. (i) With consultancy inputs to NIE, competency-based standards had been developed; (ii) 9,406 teachers trained, (ii) 19,999 teachers trained in International Pedagogical ICT Driving License (IPICT); (iii) currently implemented by the National Education Testing Services (NETS).

2.2. Total of 2,997 personnel trained under 8 types of training programs.

2.3. (i) Integrated MIS developed and in place; (ii) Overseas training for 70 personnel and local training for 302 personnel provided.

2.4. (i) 2,149 Type 2 secondary schools received at least 5 computers, UPS, and printer; (ii) 19,600 ICDL/CAL scholarships awarded, of which 19,561 teachers obtained ICDL qualifications. Under ICT related training for teachers, altogether 50,270 scholarships were awarded and 48,985 completed training; (iii) 439 schools selected for award of National ICT Excellence under the scheme.

3.1. (i) TOT programmes on HIV/AIDS & health education covering 400 NCOE/TTC/TC staff conducted; (ii) The resource persons from the TOTs have trained 6,000 teachers; (iii) 92 ZRCs refurbished & provided with equipment, handbooks, supplementary reading materials, booklets, multi-media learning materials, board games, and etc.

4.1 Inter-agency (UGC & MYA) recognition for GCE AL Technology Stream achieved.

4.2. 109 Deputy/Assist Directors of Education in the provinces and ZEOs trained so that they could function as EMIS coordinators.

4.3. (i) 3,122 principals trained in 39 programmes; (ii) 45 short term thematic training programmes completed in which 4,748 trained.

4.4. (i) 200 ISAs and 184 TC staff completed a locally delivered certificate in vocational counselling programme; (ii) Two teachers assigned to each of career guidance resource centre at zonal level 92 TCs.

4.5. (i) Website http://careers.schollnet.lk developed and launched but needs updating; (ii) Effort to get OUSL to organize a certificate program in social marketing didn't materialize.

Geographical Location nationwide

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation

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Consulting Services

The selection and engagement of all consulting services will be in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consutlants.

A team of consultants to provide services in a range of specializations, with estimated international inputs of about 96 person-months and national inputs of about 282 person-months under the loan, and 15 person-months of international inputs and 54 person-months of national inputs under the grant, will be engaged through firms using the quality-and-cost-based selection method. In addition, 8 international and 7 national inputs will be recruited through individual recruitment.

Procurement All ADB-financed goods and services will be procured in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement. Each contract for goods and services of moer than $500,00 will be awarded on the basis of international competitive bidding procedures, while contract packages of $500,00 equivalent or less will follow National Competitive Bidding (NCB). All civil works contracts will be awarded through NCB. Civil works will ensure universal accessibility in accordance with Government Circular of 17 Oct 2006. Minor items valued at less than $10,000 equivalent will be procured directly following Government procedures.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Gi Soon Song
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Mr. Anura Dissanayake
SEMPED@SLTNET.LK
Ministry of Education, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Timetable

Concept Clearance 08 Aug 2005
Fact Finding 06 Mar 2007 to 21 Mar 2007
MRM 16 May 2007
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Jun 2008
Last PDS Update 01 Sep 2015

Grant 0091-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Nov 2007 18 Dec 2007 07 Mar 2008 30 Jun 2013 31 Jul 2015 16 Dec 2015
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 15.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 15.00 26 Nov 2007 14.97 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Nov 2007 14.97 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

Loan 2371-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Nov 2007 18 Dec 2007 07 Mar 2008 30 Jun 2013 31 Oct 2014 02 Nov 2015
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 90.30 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 65.00 26 Nov 2007 63.80 0.00 100%
Counterpart 25.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Nov 2007 63.80 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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