Sri Lanka: Education Sector Development Program

Sovereign Project | 39293-037 Status: Approved

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 Approved
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
Loan: Education Sector Development Program
World Bank 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 ADB and the Government of Sri Lanka are working together to revamp the country's secondary school system in order to reduce youth unemployment and meet the country's urgent need for skilled workers. The Education Sector Development Program is ADB's first results-based lending, which links loan payments to the achievement of results, such as increase in number of schools offering advanced level science and commerce education, and increase in pass rates among secondary education graduates. It is also introducing technology courses that allow secondary school graduates to move more easily into vocational courses. Classrooms and laboratories are being upgraded, and teachers are being trained, to increase the number of students studying science and commerce. The program is also helping educators and school administrators improve the financing, management and planning at schools.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Sri Lanka has made impressive gains in education. The country has high literacy rates and has achieved universal primary enrollment at the elementary level and gender parity in all levels. Students generally attend school for about 10 years, compared to 6 years in neighboring South Asian countries. This success has been the result of the government's strong commitment to education. This has included investing heavily in modernizing secondary schools, and offering scholarships, as well as free textbooks and uniforms. But the education sector in Sri Lanka continues to face significant challenges. Many students are not able to move from secondary school to college. Others enter the labor market without adequate academic qualifications or skills training. Many schools, particularly in rural areas, do not offer advanced level science education, and student learning outcomes are poor in science, mathematics, and English, which makes it difficult for graduates to move into post-secondary education. Many schools also lack modern facilities such as fully equipped classrooms or science laboratories.
Impact Enhanced youth employability in Sri Lanka
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A modernized secondary education school system developed
Progress Toward Outcome

Participation rate in Science stream in GCE advance level increased from 24.1% in 2013 to 24.7% in 2014, while participation rate in Commerce stream is declined from 27.3% in 2013 to 24.7% in 2014. The Technology stream in GCE advance level is increased from 1.46% in 2013 to 6.4% in 2014.

Pass rate of GCE ordinary level increased from 66.7% in 2013 to 69.02% in 2014. Pass rate of GCE Advanced level increased from 58.35% in 2013 to 61.87% in 2014.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

1. Improved student learning

2. Improved equity and efficiency of the school system

3. Strengthened school leadership

4. Strengthened capacity for effective program planning and implementation

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

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

1.2 Development of NSAPF commenced with an assessment study completed by NEC in December 2014.

1.3 Time-bound implementation plan for technology stream finalized for 250 selected schools 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.

1.4 A draft plan is prepared by the ICT division in December 2014 for further consultation with stakeholders.

2.1 A/L Science Laboratories constructed and equipment provided to 248 schools.

2.2 321 science and math teachers recruited.

2.3 750 teachers identified through mapping exercise and recruitment commenced for 250 schools for technology stream.

2.4 556 teachers recruited and another 804 in-service teachers trained.

3.2 HRD and Staffing Plan for central training institutions implementation is in progress

3.1 Staff recruitment is in progress.

" NIE/CELD 33 staff (2014) and 29 staff (2015) has recruited

" NCOEs 489 staff (2014) and 214 staff (2015) has been recruited

3.3 Training Program designed. 343 principals and 593 deputy principals have undergone with the training up to 30 June 2015.

3.4 School FEMF scheme Guidelines developed and approved in December 2014, but needed further review before implementation in 2015/16.

4.1 SMTSU Established.

4.2 2014 expenditures amounted 101% as per the interim financial statements.

4.3 ESDFP Performance Partnership Agreements (PPAs) between MOE and 9 provincial education authorities signed for 2015.

4.4 Innovative contracting method adopted for efficiency and economy and centrally managed.

4.5 The trend over time from 2014 to 2017 be assessed once expenditures of 2014 and subsequent years become available.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 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 28 Jun 2012
Fact Finding 09 Jan 2013 to 07 Feb 2013
MRM 11 Apr 2013
Approval 27 Jun 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Sep 2015

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 4,801.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 27 Jun 2013 56.00 0.00 56%
Counterpart 4,601.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 100.00 27 Jun 2013 56.00 0.00 56%

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 55.61 0.00 58%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 27 Jun 2013 55.61 0.00 58%

Safeguard Documents

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Evaluation Documents

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Related Publications

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

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