Project Name Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Secondary Education Project
Project Number 54031-001
Country / Economy Uzbekistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Secondary Education Investment in STEM Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 100.00 million
Operational Priorities OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
OP3: Tackling climate change, building climate and disaster resilience, and enhancing environmental sustainability
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Secondary

Gender Gender equity theme

1. Output 1: Quality of STEM education with support of technology improved. This output will support (i) pilot testing of interdisciplinary STEM classes for grades 5-11, (ii) strengthening curriculum of STEM subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, informatics and mathematics) with EdTech, (iii) upgrading e-platforms for providing pre- and in-service teacher training, (iv) updating national assessment on STEM subjects aligned with the competency-based curriculum standards, (v) improving school-based assessment in STEM subjects, (vi) designing and implementing a special arrangement of recruitment and placement of additional STEM teachers, (viii) designing and mobilizing an incentive scheme for increased girls enrollment in STEM subjects, and (viii) strengthening e-learning and training platform such as

2. Output 2: Learning environments improved. This output will support (i) upgrading, science laboratories and ICT facilities in 200 schools and pre- and in-service teacher training institutes; (ii) rehabilitating selected schools with energy efficient, disaster resilient features, and with improved WASH facilities; (ii) upgrading teaching and learning equipment and (iii) strengthening internet connection in the schools.

3. Output 3: Sector management strengthened with expanded partnership. This output will support (i) establishing STEM center with private sector engagement, and developing operational mechanism with the private sector, the academe and civil society organizations in promoting STEM in secondary education, (ii) developing the STEM network where the 200 specialized schools support disadvantaged schools in each district, (iii) strengthening the Public Education Management Information System, and (iv) mainstreaming e-procurement and e-financial management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Uzbekistan has achieved high school enrollment rates. The 2020 school gross enrollment reached 97% for secondary level with gender parity. Despite good enrollment, the overall learning achievement appears to be low, especially in the critical thinking and problem-solving domains. Learning outcome achievement in primary education is worrisome with more than a third of students scoring below minimum standard in reading, mathematics, and science. Furthermore, a significant gap in learning outcome exists between urban and rural schools, and within and among individual schools. Recent qualitative studies indicate similarly low achievement and school quality in the secondary level grades, particularly among science, mathematics, and informatics, especially in rural areas.

Human capital strengthened for increasing the level of country's competitiveness


Secondary education students equipped with relevant skills that enable them to succeed in a technology driven, knowledge-based economy


Quality of learning and teaching in STEM education with support of technology improved

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Tajima, Eisuke
Responsible ADB Department Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Education
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2021
Fact Finding 15 Mar 2024 to 01 Apr 2024
MRM 06 May 2024
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Oct 2021
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