Sri Lanka: Education Sector Development Program

Sovereign Project | 39293-037 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping Sri Lanka revamp its secondary school system through a results-based lending (RBL) program. The project will help integrate school assessments with external exams to improve pass rates, introduce a technology stream to enable graduates to move more easily into vocational courses, and upgrade the quality of teaching, training institutions, and learning facilities.

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Project Name Education Sector Development Program
Project Number 39293-037
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3008-SRI: Education Sector Development Program
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
Loan 3009-SRI: Education Sector Development Program
Asian Development Fund US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education - Education sector development - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome For 2015, four out of five planned disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) have been met. In the area of improved student learning, the Ministry of Education has introduced the Technology Stream at the senior secondary level, with detailed curricula developed and resources mobilized to begin rolling out the stream in 251 schools, exceeding the target of 100 schools. The first GCE A/L examination for the first graduates of the technology stream was conducted in August and November 2015, including the exam and the practical tests. For improved equity and efficiency of the school system, the plan to upgrade at least 250 secondary schools to offer all streams is under implementation. Principal and school leadership training modules had been developed to focus on advanced competencies for managing schools and school resources better, and training for 2015 target has been completed and training activities are ongoing. Strengthening NIE, CELD and NCOEs. Human resource development (HRD) and staffing plans for NIE, CELD and NCOEs have progressed well with 68% of 1,133 vacant positions filled by April 2015. Institutional capacity to better manage the ESDFP at the central and provincial levels is being strengthened with the establishment of a Sector Monitoring and Technical Support Unit within the Ministry of Education, but its roles and responsibilities needs to further enhanced / clarified to new and existing MOE officials for more effective functioning and delivering the intended objectives.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

GCE A/L technology stream commenced in 251 schools since 2013. As of March 2015, 15,364 students are enrolled (31.9% female).

A draft NSAPF has been prepared by NEC in December 2014

Time-bound implementation plan for technology stream finalized in June 2014. As per the government decision, over 150 additional schools are allowed to open technology stream, but without infrastructure and equipment support from MOE. Effectiveness of the technology stream in supported and non-supported schools will be assessed to distill the lessons.

A draft plan is prepared by the ICT division in December 2014 for further consultation with stakeholders. A meeting was held with Director Mathematics (DM) in October 2015 to discuss the draft plan and subsequently the DM in consultation with Director ICT has submitted a revised Plan.

Mahindodaya A/L Science Laboratories constructed in 247 schools and equipment provided to all schools.

321 science and math teachers recruited.

750 teachers identified through mapping exercise and recruitment commenced for 250 schools.

556 teachers recruited and another 804 in-service teachers trained.

Human resource development (HRD) and staffing plans for NIE, CELD and NCOEs have progressed well with 68% of 1,133 vacant positions filled by April 2015

Training Program designed. 343 principals (male 266, female 77) & 593 deputy principals (male 366, female 227) have undergone with the training up to 7 August 2015.

MOE has prepared an integrated facility, equipment maintenance fund (FEMF) guidelines by December 2014, but with the renewed emphasis of the new government on relieving parents' burden for contributions to schools, MOE revised FEMF guidelines. A revised FEMF will be piloted in 250 schools upgraded to 1AB type in 2016

SMTSU Established.

2014 expenditures amounted to 97% of initially approved budget as per the audited financial statements 2014.

Agreements with all 9 provinces signed for 2015.Majority of civil works have been managed by the Ministry, centrally.

The trend over time from 2014 to 2016 to be assessed at the mid-term review in 2016

Geographical Location

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects

The program is designed to exclude activities with significant environmental impacts. Within the program scope, there will be construction of science / technology laboratories and technology faculty buildings, which may have temporary, limited adverse environmental impact during the construction. (category B).

Adequate measures to mitigate such impacts and improve compliance are outlined in the assessment, including assurance that all activities comply with ADBs Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) and all applicable environmental laws and regulations of Sri Lanka. An action plan to improve safeguards compliance and monitoring has been prepared.

Preparation of EMPs for 250 schools is in progress. By 15 April 2015, 234 EMPs received by SMTSU and 77 progress reports received by CEBC.

Provincial level awareness workshops conducted in 9 provinces.

Involuntary Resettlement The program will exclude activities that have involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples impact (Category C for both the involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples).
Indigenous Peoples The program will exclude activities that have involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples impact (Category C for both the involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Preparation of the program included detailed consultations based on focus group discussions, workshops, and field visits.
During Project Implementation School community and parental participation is built into the program and is instutionalized with School Development Committees taking a lead role in identification and implementation of school development plans. The program will build on these and strengthen the consultation process. Additionally the program has strong social and economic benefits, and these will help to strengthen stakeholder ownership. The program also includes capacity building for provincial staff and school heads, which will also help strengthen stakeholder participation. Grievance redressed mechanisms will be based on government's existing systems, and access to these will be included in the program (Ministry of Education website).

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services Results-based lending modality/implementation will rely on DMCs' program systems, including for procurement of goods, works, and services.
Procurement Results-based lending modality/implementation will rely on DMCs' program systems, including for procurement of goods, works, and services.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Herathbanda Jayasundara
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
SEMPED@SLTNET.LK
Ground Floor
Isurupaya, Battaramulla
Sri Lanka

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 15 Mar 2016

Loan 3008-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2013 19 Aug 2013 23 Aug 2013 28 Feb 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 4,701.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 27 Jun 2013 60.00 0.00 60%
Counterpart 4,601.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Jun 2013 60.00 0.00 60%

Loan 3009-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
27 Jun 2013 19 Aug 2013 23 Aug 2013 28 Feb 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 100.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 27 Jun 2013 59.36 0.00 61%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Jun 2013 59.36 0.00 61%

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

None currently available.

Related Publications

Title Document Type Document Date
Sri Lanka: Education Sector Development Program Brochures and Flyers May 2015

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