The project preparatory technical assistance (PPTA) will help design the sector development program (SDP). The SDP aims to support the government's plans to improve school education quality as enunciated in the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic's Education Development Strategy for 2012-2020, and the National Strategy for Sustainable Development launched in 2013, which recognizes "the quality of education" as "one of the most reliable indicators of the future development of any nation". The SDP is reflected in the draft COBP 2014-2016 and in the draft KGZ CPS 2013-17. The SDP will also support the Kyrgyz Republic's plans to join the European Higher Education Area and steps taken to implement the Bologna 3-cycle academic process, curriculum development for a Master degree program in pedagogy and supporting reforms in the quality assurance system.
The program component under the SDP will include: (i) creation of an independent curriculum and textbooks review mechanism in MOES by establishing a consultative council; (ii) approval of quality assurance standards and accreditation system for pedagogy programs; (iii) regulations for delivery of MA/MS program in pedagogy in universities; (iv) defining e-education standards for institutions providing distance education option to students; (v) establishing a school development fund to rehabilitate selected schools; and (vi) strengthening community participation in schools. The SDP will aim to create sustainable reforms process and accrual of long term benefits to the country.
The investment component under the SDP will aim at improving the quality of education, including support for: (i) full implementation of curricula developed under the SEP (see footnote 1); (ii) development and printing of LTMs for grades 7-9 and teacher training for the new curriculum; (iii) strengthened pre- and in-service teacher training systems; (iv) improved learning environment in selected innovative resource schools through showcasing of reforms and provision of additional infrastructure; (v) support for a Bologna process compliant quality assurance system for pedagogical programs; (vi) improved community participation in schools; and (vii) consultancy services, studies, surveys, and stakeholder consultation workshops. Textbook printing, financed by the project component will follow implementation of an effective textbook rental scheme and commitment to reprint textbooks using textbook revolving fund. In March 2013, the World Bank approved the Sector Support for Education Reform Project for Kyrgyz Republic. This $16.5 million project will primarily focus on primary and lower secondary education and support improved learning outcomes in the education sector including improved teacher training, revision of curricular, printing and provision of learning and teaching materials up to grade 6. The SDP will be developed in close coordination with the World Bank project to ensure synergies and support
Impact, Outcome, and Outputs
The impact of the SDP will be strengthened and coherently functioning school education system in Kyrgyz Republic. The outcome will be learning environment and key quality aspects of school education improved in Kyrgyz Republic. The four outputs are: (i) curricula and LTMs for secondary schools developed, piloted, and printed; (ii) improved access to quality teacher education and training programs; (iii) improved learning environment in innovative resource schools; and (iv) greater community involvement in school management.
A consulting firm will be hired under the PPTA to design the SDP using Quality and Cost-Based Selection with 80/20 quality to cost ratio. Consultants will be engaged in accordance with ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2010, as amended from time to time). The firm's activities, outputs, deliverables, and terms of reference are given below:
Major Outputs and Activities
The TA consulting firm will prepare the following outputs: (i) an inception report outlining the overall implementation plan at end of the first month of consultant mobilization, with a detailed proposed methodology for assisting in preparing the design of the two components of the SDP, financial and economic analyses, a social and poverty survey and data collection requirements and schedule; (ii) an midterm report with a detailed assessment of the SDP components at the interim stage along with key policy reforms and specific project-related issues within the fourth month of consultant mobilization; the midterm report will include SDP due diligence reports, draft gender action plan (GAP), draft social action plan, draft procurement plan and capacity assessment, and draft financial management assessment; (iii) a draft final report with a detailed assessment of the technical, financial, economic, environmental, social, and institutional aspects within the fifth month of consultant mobilization; and (v) a final report within the sixth month of consultant mobilization. The reports will be provided in both English and Kyrgyz/Russian. The TA consulting firm will hold extensive consultations to discuss the SDP design, performance, monitoring and evaluation system, ADB's safeguards policy, and disbursement and procurement policies and guidelines. Detailed outputs of the TA consulting firm will include:
(i) Sector and subsector analysis and technical review. The consultants will conduct a comprehensive review of the education sector in Kyrgyz Republic using primary and secondary sources. To help finalize the SDP design elements, a technical review will examine the technical design of all components to make sure they are technically sound, meet all relevant technical standards and safeguard requirements, and are suitable for ADB financing support. Based on the review, the consultants will recommend improvements to the technical design of each SDP component based on best national or international good practices. The review will focus on:
-School Curriculum and Textbook Development Plan.
-In- and pre-service teacher training assessment report.
-Proposed policy reforms and legislation.
-Teacher training accreditation system development plan.
-MS program in pedagogy
-Selection methodology of innovative schools.
-Improved community participation in schools.
-Monitoring and Evaluation System.
(ii) Design and monitoring framework (DMF). The consultants will discuss and reach preliminary agreement with the SDP executing and implementing agencies on (a) project impact, outcome, outputs, components, indicators, data sources and activities; (b) preliminary project costs, implementation activities, and timeframes; and (c) problem-tree and objective-tree analyses, and DMF for the SDP as a whole.
(iii) Project administration manual (PAM). The consultants will prepare the draft PAM as per ADB template
(iv) Financial and economic analysis. The consultants will undertake financial and economic analysis of the SDP.
(v) Poverty, social and gender assessments. The consultants will engage with all relevant stakeholders and conduct surveys (where required) for poverty, social, and gender analyses in accordance with ADB guidelines and templates.
(vi) Risk assessment and management plan. The consultants will work with stakeholders to identify potential project-related risks and prepare draft governance, procurement and corruption risk assessment and develop a risk mitigation plan.
(vii) Institutional reviews. Review institutional arrangements proposed for SDP implementation (e.g. a financial management assessment and a procurement assessment of the EA and IA and the project implementation unit) to assess implementation capacity and make recommendations for training and other measures to strengthen it as required.