Cambodia: Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science

Sovereign Project | 47136-002 Status: Approved

Summary

The Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science (SSETMS) will support preparation of the Upper Secondary Education Development Program (USEDP) (TA 8573-CAM). The proposed USEDP will support the implementation of key priorities of the Government's Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2014 2018 and National Strategic Development Plan 2014 2018. These Plans articulate the need to institute policy reforms and design and implement program interventions to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in the regional and global setting. The USEDP is aligned with the ESP emphases on improving the quality and relevance of secondary education with the objective of improving learning outcomes. The focus on upper secondary education, with emphasis on Science, Math and ICT, is in recognition of its pivotal role in enhancing the skills and competencies of the country's human resources.

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Project Name Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science
Project Number 47136-002
Country Cambodia
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8573-CAM: Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science (SSETMS) will support preparation of the Upper Secondary Education Development Program (USEDP) (TA 8573-CAM). The proposed USEDP will support the implementation of key priorities of the Government's Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2014 2018 and National Strategic Development Plan 2014 2018. These Plans articulate the need to institute policy reforms and design and implement program interventions to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in the regional and global setting. The USEDP is aligned with the ESP emphases on improving the quality and relevance of secondary education with the objective of improving learning outcomes. The focus on upper secondary education, with emphasis on Science, Math and ICT, is in recognition of its pivotal role in enhancing the skills and competencies of the country's human resources.

Impact is development of quality human resources in order to develop knowledge-based society within Cambodia

Outcome is improved effectiveness of the upper secondary education system

Output 1: Improved access to upper secondary education. The objective of this output is to increase enrolments and reduce dropouts and repetitions at the upper secondary level.

Output 2: Improved quality of upper secondary education. The objective of this output is to improve the quality and relevance of USE to produce better qualified secondary graduates, resulting in the expansion of tertiary education and a better skilled labor force. With ASEAN economic integration, Cambodian youth need a level playing field in an increasingly demanding economic environment. However, as improving education quality is dependent on a set of interlinked activities, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of USE

Output 3: Strengthened institutional capacity for planning, management, and delivery of education. The objective of this output is to improve the efficiency of USE through capacity building and institutional strengthening.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science (SSETMS; the Program) follows a series of sector development programs to support the long term priorities of the Government of Cambodia in improving access to, and relevance and quality of, secondary education (SE). In close alignment with the Government's upcoming Education Strategic Plan (ESP) 2014 -2018, the Program will include a policy loan to support reforms to increase completion of grade 12 especially among poor students and girls from remote areas. A linked investment loan will focus on access to SE and improving science, mathematics, and technology education at the upper secondary (US) level.
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Indigenous Peoples
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Consulting Services

Repackaging of the PPTA Consulting Services: During the TA review mission on 23-25 February 2015, MoEYS and the mission have agreed that the composition and person-months of the PPTA consultants be based on the design of the proposed loan. The PPTA consultants will carefully study and propose all the key loan activities. Original consulting services package (i) includes only 1 national consultant as deputy team leader but no other national consultants in the technical areas are included; (ii) resettlement and ethnic minority consultants are not included while the loan project will have the civil works component; (iii) the person-months for some key positions are not enough to design a good quality project; (iv) necessary information on some activities can be provided by the ongoing Loan 2888/2889-CAM: Third Education Sector Development Program; and (v) some consultants' position titles are confusing and the tasks need to be streamlined.

The two individual consultants' contracts are now closed and the consulting firm is now on board.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Lynnette Perez
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
148 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Kingdom of Cambodia

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 23 Mar 2016

TA 8573-CAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2013 05 Feb 2014 05 Feb 2014 31 Jul 2014 31 Jul 2016 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 16 Dec 2013 430,516.27

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