Contracts for the first two packages for overseas short-term training courses on curriculum and textbook drafting skills have been awarded in June 2015. The training of these 2 OST courses have also been organized and completed in September 2015 and November 2015. For the last package, which provides training for 45 core specialists, results of technical proposal evaluation is under review by MOET. Expected contract signing by end January 2016.
CPMU, in cooperation with relevant department (General Department of Teacher and Managers; Department of Secondary Education) to provide training to 365 trainees on development of students' capacity for managers, teachers and TTU lecturers; 2,486 trainees on 9 courses for USS managers and teachers on organizing/teaching integrated topics and subjects; and 133 participants on curriculum development for USS teachers, managers, and TTU lecturers.
As initially designed, provision of textbooks and development of instructional materials based on the new USE curriculum will be implemented from 2014 to 2018. However, due to the unavailability of the new curriculum and textbook, the CPMU has not yet implemented this activity. The next review mission will further assess the exact timing of MOET's completion of the development of the new curriculum and text books and if they will be further delayed, the partial cancellation of this subcomponent will be discussed.
Procurement for lab equipment and teaching aids is expected to commence in 2017. Training materials for the guidelines on USE renewal and general curriculum are under preparation, and expected to be issued in June 2016. The OST course for 15 core teachers and vice principals in charge of academics is currently deferred, under review of MOET.
Evaluation of bids ongoing for procurement of teaching and practice equipment. Provision of textbooks and teaching materials for libraries is expected to start in 2017, depending on the development of new curriculum and textbooks.
The procurement of books is awaiting the fielding of the national and international foreign language training consultants who will prepare the list of English teaching books available and recommend list of books to be used in USSs for the improvement of listening-speaking skills to form an NCB package estimated at $270,000. Bidding documents for an ICB package for procurement of language training equipment have been approved for issuance. Training materials for the in-country training for core English teachers have been completed. Training is expected to start in March 2016.
The social monitoring reports of all 6 universities/pedagogical departments have been approved and disclosed by ADB to the ADB website. Three contracts out of 6 civil works for universities/pedagogical departments have been awarded beginning September 2015. OST for 15 TTU lecturers and academic staff of pedagogical universities has been provided in September 2015 in Germany.
The development of training materials for 8 subject areas has been completed. Training is expected to commence in 2016. Additional 12 articles on improving teaching quality for subjects have been posted in journals/newspapers.
Detail implementation plans for in-country in-service training programs for teachers to guide students' self-study have been prepared and approved. The training courses will commence in Q2 2016. The training materials on self-study guidelines to students of the first 9 subject areas have been completed. Provision of training materials for CEC teachers (8 subjects, grade 10) and development of instruction materials to CECs teachers are currently under preparation for the training in 2016.
135 Social Monitoring Reports for 135 newly built schools have been approved by ADB and disclosed on ADB website. With the introduction of harmonized NCB documents, CPMU is assisting PPMUs to procure using the updated documents and in the development of bid evaluation reports, and contract signing. Bidding documents for the procurement of furniture for newly constructed facilities are under preparation.
Procurement of equipment has been completed and provided to 18 selected provincial EM boarding USSs in May 2015.
As in the Project design, the CPMU plans to develop and provide sign language for deaf students. The Mission requests the CPMU to carefully conduct the survey and needs assessment on the number of benefited USS deaf students. Also, it is noted that the Project implementation consultants, who expected to field sometimes end of this year, will help the CPMU in realistic implementation action plan for this activities.
Various contracts on development of training materials for (i) active teaching method and disciplines; (ii) life skills, environment and social issues; and (iii) ethnic minority' culture preservation were awarded. The development of training materials was completed. The training on ethnic minority' culture preservation was provided for 308 teachers of 33 project province. It is expected that remain training courses for teachers will commence in Q2 2016.
These activities are re-scheduled to implement in 2016 with the support and consulting inputs from the national and international consultants specialized in private-public partnership. The training for 600 teachers from private USSs will be implemented in Q4/2017.
Various ICS packages in the recruitment of individual consultants have been completed. In-country training for principals are under preparation and approval of MOET. Training for CEC directors is expected to commence in Q1 2016.
Provision of block grants will commence upon mobilization of project implementation consultants.
Consulting documents for various research and studies are under preparation.
The provision of equipment for multifunction room for NIEM has been completed in Q4 2014. The in-country training on development of e-learning materials was implemented for 70 lecturers of training institutes for education managers. It is expected that, the second batch of training will be implemented in 2016.
The recruitment of loan implementation consultants through QCBS has been completed end December 2015. Mobilization of consultants commenced in Q1 2016.
The procurement of equipment for 63 CECs has been delayed for due to the requirement from the MOET to rearrange the list of equipment for this package to link with other on-going projects. The CPMU informed the Mission that the Bidding Document was approved by ADB and MOET and now is under public advertisement for bids. The CPMU has conducted research on the updated available equipment for foreign language learning in the market. Also, needs assessment analysis was surveyed with 63 benefited USSs.
A combined audited project financial statements (APFS) were submitted to ADB on 18 June 2015, well ahead of the deadline. The audit report rendered an unqualified auditor's opinion for fiscal year 2013-2014. Initial OSFMD and SEOD review recommended unacceptability of the initial submission due to (i) financial reporting standards not clearly stated in the Notes to the APFS; and (ii) the Note on Expenditures does not reconcile with the APFS; and (iii) some minor errors which were later on clarified and accepted by ADB. The APFS has been disclosed in the ADB website in compliance with the Public Communications Policy. Audit report for FY2015 is due for submission to ADB by 30 June 2016.