Bangladesh: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)

Sovereign Project | 44213-015

Summary

The proposed investment program will support the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that builds the foundation for a skilled labor force and prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. It will support advanced teaching and learning programs that use information and communication technology (ICT), as well as prevocational and vocational programs, teacher development, and examination reforms. It will promote gender-equitable and pro-poor stipends for students. It will help establish more decentralized and efficient allocation and use of resources, as well as strengthen sector performance monitoring. The investment program will build upon the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Development Program and the Second Teaching Quality Improvement Project. It will further benefit from the experience of the Third Primary Education Development Project, which uses disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs).

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Project Name MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Project Number 44213-015
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Korea International Cooperation Agency US$ 3.50 million
MFF Facility Concept 0074-BAN: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Asian Development Fund US$ 500.00 million
MFF Facility Concept: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
International Development Association US$ 250.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The proposed investment program will support the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that builds the foundation for a skilled labor force and prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. It will support advanced teaching and learning programs that use information and communication technology (ICT), as well as prevocational and vocational programs, teacher development, and examination reforms. It will promote gender-equitable and pro-poor stipends for students. It will help establish more decentralized and efficient allocation and use of resources, as well as strengthen sector performance monitoring. The investment program will build upon the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Development Program and the Second Teaching Quality Improvement Project. It will further benefit from the experience of the Third Primary Education Development Project, which uses disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs). The investment program links disbursement to the achievement of key results. It will further support the transition to a sector-wide approach.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The government acknowledges the need to develop a long-term strategy to meet demand for higher quality and more relevant secondary education. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has developed, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a NEP implementation strategy for secondary education that draws on extensive stakeholder consultation. It has built upon the NEP implementation strategy to develop a 10-year secondary education sector road map, 2013 2023, which adopts the phased implementation of reforms to modernize curriculum, examinations, and teacher development, as well as to establish and apply common quality standards for secondary schools and teachers. Extensive investment in ICT-based teaching facilities, science laboratories and equipment, other learning materials, and teacher training will support these reforms. The road map further plans to intensify gender-equitable and pro-poor stipend programs using improved methodology. It suggests expanding school infrastructure according to need and recruiting better-qualified teachers with revised selection procedures. Institutional reform to decentralized education management will redefine and strengthen the roles and responsibilities of field offices and school management committees. Extensive capacity development in management at the center and in the field will strengthen performance monitoring and the efficient use of resources. The government projects an additional 3.5 million secondary school students by 2023, to be accommodated by expanding teacher ranks by 145,000 and the number of schools by 10,000. Success in implementing reform will help meet parents' and beneficiaries' aspirations for post-primary education that undergirds a better life and higher income prospects.
Impact Increased employability of secondary education graduates
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A more efficient and equitable and higher-quality secondary education system
Progress Toward Outcome .
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced quality and relevance of secondary education

More equitable access and better retention

Strengthened secondary education management and governance

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

All disbursement linked indicators (DLIs) for Years 1 and 2 have been satisfied as shown in the reports on DLI achievement. According to the DLI protocol and the interim financial reports for the corresponding periods, government spending on the SESIP Program Budget Head exceeds ADB contribution for the corresponding period. Maximum amount allocated to Years 1 and 2 has been disbursed.

One of the major reforms for the project, decentralization of education management, has been initiated.

Donor meetings were initiated which regularly discussed the pathways to sector-wide approach (SWAP).

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A large number of consultations, including local levels, were organized to prepare the program. This includes development of implementation strategy of the National Education Policy in secondary education. Stakeholders include policy makers, educational practitioners including teachers and members of school management committee, curriculum developers, etc, and nongovernmental organizations with strong ownership of the government (Ministry of Education and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education). Consultations with development partners were also organized to develop Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) Road Map.
During Project Implementation The program will work in partnership with multiple stakeholders such as civil society organizations (CSOs), school management committees, and parent-teacher associations. Community participation is vital to the community-based management of schools and the development of pro-poor stipend with appropriate gender targeting. The program will work on institutional reforms in key education institutions. In addition, based on the agreed SWAp Road Map, the program will promote harmonization of other development partners.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be selected using ADB s Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Consulting firms will be recruited through Quality and Cost-Based Selection and Consultants Qualification Selection methods and subject to ADB s prior review.
Procurement

The government will carry out all procurement of goods, works, and consulting services. Goods and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB s Procurement Guidelines (2012, as amended from time to time). Goods and works valued more than $1 million and $2 million respectively will be procured using International Competitive Bidding and ADB s standard bidding documents, and subject to prior review. Goods and civil works valued below the respective International Competitive Bidding threshold will be procured using the National Competitive Bidding (NCB), in accordance with the government s Public Procurement Act (2006) and Public Procurement Rules (2008) subject to modifications agreed between the government and ADB as set out in the Facility Administration Manual (FAM) and procurement plan. For efficiency and economy, small civil works can be grouped together into larger bid packages, wherever feasible.

Advance contracting and retroactive financing will be considered.

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 28 Aug 2012
Fact Finding 03 Mar 2013 to 15 Mar 2013
MRM 06 Jun 2013
Approval 27 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 13 Mar 2015

MFF Facility Concept 0074-BAN

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17,110.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 500.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 16,360.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 250.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

Safeguard Documents

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Title Document Type Document Date
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Draft) Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Jun 2013
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program Resettlement Frameworks Jun 2013
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Draft) Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Jun 2013

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