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 the implementation of key priorities of the ESP 2014-2018. SSETMS is included in ADB's Country Operations Business Plan (COBP; 2013 2015), and aligns with Strategy 2020 and the education sector operations plan. Results-based lending (RBL) modality will be explored during the PPTA. Consultation with government indicated openness to explore the potential for RBL. SSETMS will implement a social safety net program targeting poor children to complete Grade 9. This will complement the school-based interventions under ESDP III. SSETMS will also address the substantial unmet needs at the US level and build upon the achievements of EEQP in (i) science and technology education; and (ii) development, management and sustainability of SRCs. Geographic targeting will be determined by linking education data with poverty data by province.

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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 the implementation of key priorities of the ESP 2014-2018. SSETMS is included in ADB's Country Operations Business Plan (COBP; 2013 2015), and aligns with Strategy 2020 and the education sector operations plan. Results-based lending (RBL) modality will be explored during the PPTA. Consultation with government indicated openness to explore the potential for RBL. SSETMS will implement a social safety net program targeting poor children to complete Grade 9. This will complement the school-based interventions under ESDP III. SSETMS will also address the substantial unmet needs at the US level and build upon the achievements of EEQP in (i) science and technology education; and (ii) development, management and sustainability of SRCs. Geographic targeting will be determined by linking education data with poverty data by province.

Impact is universal secondary education institutionalized. Outcome is increased USE enrollment.

Output 1: Increased access to upper secondary education. The Program will support policy reforms for national scholarships for USE, recruitment of upper secondary teachers in rural areas, and revised network system for SRC access. Project interventions will provide remote areas with new US school construction, teacher housing and girls' dormitories, and upgrade existing schools. A social safety net program supporting children of poor and vulnerable families to complete Grade 9 will be piloted, inclusive of impact evaluation.

Output 2: Enhanced quality and relevance of upper secondary education. The Program will support policy reforms to improve retention in USE with an emphasis on girls and poor students. Management of SRCs will be outsourced to non-state entities. Technical education will be piloted in SRCs together with programs supporting school-to-work transition, employability skills, and entrepreneurship skills. The pilot will take place in locations with strong economic activity and / or Special Economic Zones to foster partnerships with private sector and employers. Teaching and learning materials and equipment for improved science, mathematics, and technology education will be provided. USE curriculum will be revised. Implementation of teacher training programs developed under EEQP will be supported.

Output 3: Strengthened governance and management of secondary education. The Program will support policy reforms for secondary school autonomy, partnerships with non-state entities to manage SE delivery, and adequate public financing of SE. Project interventions will provide capacity development to strengthen results-based management of SE, school-based management, and implementation of information systems developed under EEQP.

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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Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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Consulting Services

Repackaging of the PPTA Consulting Services: Durng 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 consulting firm and two individual consultants are now on board.

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 17 Sep 2015

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 281,645.77

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