Sri Lanka: Education for Knowledge Society Project

Sovereign Project | 39293-013

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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Education for Knowledge Society Project Aug 2013

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Project Name Education for Knowledge Society Project
Project Number 39293-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Approved
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
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

(i) Enrollment in secondary schools in the 150 poorest divisional secretary divisions (DSDs) increased to 82,365 in 2013.

(ii) Completion rates for grade 11 students in the 150 poorest DSDs increased to 53% in 2012.

(iii) Enrollment of SLIATE increased to 15,294 in 2014.

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)

" Construction work in 100 schools completed and were declared opened;

" Advanced level (A/L) lab equipment for 100 Isuru schools provided

" Furniture and Computers for 100 Isuru schools provided

" Computers provided to 100 schools

" Teacher empowerment program for 104 schools completed and facilitated for 10,376 staff members

" Principal training program (17 days) for 139 principals completed

" Professional development program for deputy principals completed (2 batches), 87 trained

" Quality improvement programs were completed based on one day symposium in 104 schools and 2 batches of teacher training program under subject based computerized software training

" Provincial & Zonal coordination have been in placed to ensure teacher requirement in 100 Secondary Schools.

" Quality Development Program covering 104 Secondary Schools were done under Special Development Financial Grant (SDFG).

" 71,443 scholarships provided (29,810 Sisudiriya scholarships, 23,922 ASAP, 6,859 SPTP, 7,912 TSTS, 2940 FFSS)

" Competency-based performance standards are being implemented in schools

" 19,352 IPICT scholarships completed

" 19,341 teachers completed the ICDL/CAL training and obtained ICDL qualifications

" 4,490 e-citizen scholarships for education managers completed

" 2,000 teachers trained under short ICT courses

" 946 teachers completed the EPASS scholarships

" School-based assessment (SBA) has been integrated for aesthetic subjects in O/L examination, and has been implemented for grades 11 to 13

" Provision of equipment completed

" Provision of materials completed

" 4,222 provided with English Language training (CCPSD, ELPCTE,TOT, ACLPTE)

" Language/IT laboratories completed; equipment (computers, furniture, air conditioners) provided for 22 Language laboratories

" 50 participants received overseas training (25 academic, 25 nonacademic); 203 officials provided with local training

" The selected equipment grants are being delivered to selected schools.

" 38,480 board games, 30,000 booklets on HIV/AIDS prevention program, 30,000 health prevention booklets, 8,000 TOT handbooks, 8,000 HIV/AIDS prevention instructional CDs distributed

" Do you know contest (popular TV based quiz competition) 2010, 2011 & 2012 completed;

" 7 supplementary books in 3 languages distributed to schools 140,000 copies

" Equipment provided for TTC and NCOEs

" 16,076 teachers participated in 392 teacher training and empowerment programs

" 30 teachers participated in the foreign training program

" 146 Teacher student empowerment program completed, 13550 participated and 35 student camps completed, 3450 participated

" 12 officers received overseas training; 203 data entry officials received local training

" EMIS Part II commenced

" Updating & verifying of data by zone commenced

" Provision of CELD personnel on-going

" Provision of equipment for CELD completed

" 45 short term thematic programs completed and 4,748 trained under 7 themes

Program not implemented fully. Activity is reconsidered and will be incorporated in MOE's HR plan. Further International & Local Consultants inputs have been provided.

" TC staff training completed

" Career guidance training manual printed

" TOT program completed (168 trained)

" Initial activities for training of 2,660 teachers program - 12 workshops completed

" Consultants fielded for developing career guidance system, final report prepared

" Initial discussion completed with Open University to conduct certificate courses on career guidance and counseling for teachers

" 21 principal orientation workshop completed

" Resource persons provided to teacher centers

" Separate website has been developed for EKSP and it is linked to MOE website. It will be equipped with developed educational software, teacher training programs, competitions etc.

" Awareness through teachers and principals ongoing

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
Business Opportunities
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 ADB Officer Gi Soon Song
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of EducationMr. Anura DissanayakeSEMPED@SLTNET.LKMinistry 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 26 Nov 2007
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 11 Jun 2008
Last PDS Update 26 Feb 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 -
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 15.00 0.00 100%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Nov 2007 14.99 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating 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 -
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 62.32 0.00 97%
Counterpart 25.30 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 26 Nov 2007 64.19 0.00 99%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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