Bangladesh: Development of an Implementation Strategy of the National Education Policy for Secondary Education Sector Project

Sovereign Project | 44197-012

Summary

The Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance (TA) for Secondary Education Sector Development Project will assist the Government of Bangladesh in developing an implementation strategy for the National Education Policy (NEP). This development process will start with the following analyses of the NEP: (i) analysis of the institutional implications and arrangements; (ii) an analysis of technical reforms and their possible sequencing; (iii) an analysis of financial implications of the reforms in the NEP; an analysis of the monitoring implications of the reforms suggested in the NEP; and (iv), since the government is planning to move towards a more sector wide approach (SWAp) in secondary education, an analysis of the most suitable SWAp for secondary education. Based on these analyses an implementation strategy, including a road to a more sector wide approach with indicative timeline, for secondary education will be developed in a consultative process with all stakeholders.

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Project Name Development of an Implementation Strategy of the National Education Policy for Secondary Education Sector Project
Project Number 44197-012
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7719-BAN: Development of an Implementation Strategy of the National Education Policy for Secondary Education Sector Project
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 600,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Education sector development
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance (TA) for Secondary Education Sector Development Project will assist the Government of Bangladesh in developing an implementation strategy for the National Education Policy (NEP). This development process will start with the following analyses of the NEP: (i) analysis of the institutional implications and arrangements; (ii) an analysis of technical reforms and their possible sequencing; (iii) an analysis of financial implications of the reforms in the NEP; an analysis of the monitoring implications of the reforms suggested in the NEP; and (iv), since the government is planning to move towards a more sector wide approach (SWAp) in secondary education, an analysis of the most suitable SWAp for secondary education. Based on these analyses an implementation strategy, including a road to a more sector wide approach with indicative timeline, for secondary education will be developed in a consultative process with all stakeholders. In a final workshop initial agreement among all stakeholders with this implementation strategy will be sought.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The commitment of the Government of Bangladesh (GOB) to Education remains high. The National Education Policy (NEP) proposing significant reforms that should lead to increased quality, access and equity in Education was endorsed by Parliament in December 2010. Although the NEP has set out a vision, the actual implications of the reforms proposed in the NEP for the secondary education sector and its subsequent implementation strategy have yet to be analyzed and developed. Improving the coverage and quality of secondary education is an essential component of ADB's human development strategy for Bangladesh and will help speed up economic growth enabling Bangladesh to become a middle income country. The strategic framework provided in ADB's Country Strategy and Program (CSP) for 2006-2010 relies on three pillars : sustainable economic growth, social development and good governance. Under social development, a major emphasis is on building the skills base of the next generation and to facilitate access for the poor, women, and excluded groups, through improvement in the quality and relevance of primary and secondary education, and technical and vocational training. More specifically, it proposes that ADB will continue to assist the Government in advancing secondary education reforms by building on progress made in the ongoing assistance to secondary education.
Impact The government decides to implement the National Education Policy (NEP) in the secondary education subsector using a sector-wide approach.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Agreement among key stakeholders on the implementation strategy of the National Education Policy (NEP), including a road map with indicative timeline for a sector-wide approach
Progress Toward Outcome The implementation strategy was presented by the Ministry of Education with all relevant stakeholders during 2 national workshops in June 2012 and November 2012, with the Minister of Education as chief guest. The road map for a sector-wide approach is currently being developed as part of the preparation for the next ADB-investment program in secondary education. A significant number of recommendations from the implementation strategy will be part of this ADB-investment program
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

A draft implementation strategy, including a road map for a sector-wide approach in secondary education, is distributed.

Analyses of the implications of the reforms in the National Education Policy for secondary education are conducted and distributed.

Key stakeholders understand the implications of the National Education Policy.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues) A draft Implementation strategy for the National Education Policy (NEP) was developed with the support of the Technical Assistance team. This strategy was developed based on extended consultation with all stakeholders. Consultation sessions were conducted in Dhaka with important stakeholders as well as in the field with education officers, teachers and SMC-members. The final draft implementation strategy was presented during 2 national workshops; one in June 2012 and one in November 2012. The Minister of Education was the chief guest during both workshops.
Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
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During Project Implementation During project implementation the TA team consultant with all relevant stakeholders in the education sector at national level, as well as in the field. This involved government organisations, Civil Society, Development Partners, School Management Committee members, and teachers.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services Consulting services will be provided for a total of 40 person-months, comprising 15 person-months of international and 25 person-months of national consultants inputs. The consultants will be engaged individually in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time).
Procurement Procurement of equipment under the TA will follow ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2010, as amended from time to time). Equipment and goods procured under the TA will be handed over to the Government of Bangladesh at the end of the project.
Responsible ADB Officer Eisuke Tajima
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of EducationShikkha Bhaban, 16 Abdul Ghani Road
Dhaka-1000
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance 03 Dec 2010
Fact Finding 01 Nov 2010 to 01 Nov 2010
MRM -
Approval 10 Dec 2010
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 31 Mar 2013

TA 7719-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Dec 2010 20 Jun 2011 20 Jun 2011 31 Oct 2011 31 May 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
600,000.00 0.00 90,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 690,000.00 10 Dec 2010 541,237.69

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