Bangladesh: Support to Primary Education Development
The TA will support implementation of the National Education Policy to achieve quality education for all, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. The TA is a follow-up to TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3), which supported fiduciary oversight, implementation and results management, as well as its smooth transition to the next primary education program (PEDP4). PEDP3 financing depended on the government achieving disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) that were outputs deemed essential to meet the program objectives. PEDP4 is proposed to follow the same principles, hence a smooth transition is required. The TA will continue supporting improved results reporting and implementation in key results areas.
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|Project Name||Support to Primary Education Development|
|Project Type / Modality of Assistance||Technical Assistance
|Source of Funding / Amount||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
|Sector / Subsector||
Education / Pre-primary and primary
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Description||The TA will support implementation of the National Education Policy to achieve quality education for all, particularly in the area of good governance and capacity development. The TA is a follow-up to TA 8085-BAN: Support for the Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP3), which supported fiduciary oversight, implementation and results management, as well as its smooth transition to the next primary education program (PEDP4). PEDP3 financing depended on the government achieving disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) that were outputs deemed essential to meet the program objectives. PEDP4 is proposed to follow the same principles, hence a smooth transition is required. The TA will continue supporting improved results reporting and implementation in key results areas.|
|Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||
Bangladesh has made significant progress in improving the participation and retention rates of boys and girls in primary education. However, challenges remain in reducing dropout and repetition rates and in improving the quality of education, particularly in disadvantaged areas. PEDP3 always had a strong focus on improving the quality of education, while at the same time aiming to sustain and improve where possible the efforts to widen access to education. Success in managing reforms in large systems such as the Bangladesh primary education system depends largely on the government' capacity for effective targeting, planning, and management of resources to achieve the intended results. PEDP3 supported the development of institutional capacity in planning and financing based on results, and a robust monitoring and evaluation system; and promoted accountability for results through improved results reporting.
With supplementary financing from the Government of Canada, the TA continues supporting fiduciary oversight and public financial management during PEPD4 implementation.
|Impact||An efficient, inclusive, and equitable primary education system in Bangladesh (Third Primary Education Development Project|
|Description of Outcome||Planning and results management capacity in primary education improved|
|Progress Toward Outcome||Ongoing. The TA provides assistance to the executing and implementing agencies in planning, monitoring and reporting in key result areas. The TA provides support to strengthen results reporting, which is aimed at contributing to increased assurance on the quality of results reporting. It will also assist in the transition to the new program in the core results areas relevant to the DLIs.|
|Description of Project Outputs||
Reform to expand primary education developed
Results reporting implemented
|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)||
Reform to expand primary education developed - replaced with study on disaster resilience for schools. Consultants have been recruited and completed final reports based on desk research, field study, and consultation workshops in 2019.
Results reporting implemented
- completed the review and report on PEDP3's implementation of the gender and inclusive education action plan for FY 2017, FY 2018, and FY 2019.
- The DLI results reporting for PEDP3 was completed by March 2018.
- The DLI results reporting for year zero, and year 1 of PEDP4 was completed by March 2020
- Monitoring the needs-based infrastructure construction completed in FY2018.
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation|
|During Project Design||The Government of Bangladesh, ADB, and nine other development partners jointly developed PEDP3 and PEDP4 with several innovative features. Program financing depends on the achievement of selected results or disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs). The government and development partners have agreed on a joint mechanism to review, verify, and improve reporting on DLIs and other results. Because the government's treasury system is used for disbursement and financial management, close fiduciary oversight and support for system improvement in public financial management (PFM) was also agreed. Subsequently, the government has requested ADB's support to strengthen project management in the areas of fiduciary risk management, results reporting and DLI verification.|
|During Project Implementation||The TA supported PEDP3 implementation and its transition to PEDP4. The government and development partner consortium established the Procurement and Finance Working Group (PFWG) which is responsible for coordinating the fiduciary review process. The PFWG is chaired by the government, while ADB and the International Development Association (IDA) are co-chairs. On behalf of the consortium, ADB and IDA jointly coordinate the fiduciary oversight in close consultation with the other development partners in the consortium. As PEDP3 was closed and PEDP4 started in Q3 2018, it was agreed to continue TA support for fiduciary oversight and PFM improvement, implementation of the final stages of PEDP3, and transition to PEDP4. Under PEDP4, on behalf of the consortium, ADB coordinates the fiduciary oversight in close consultation with the other development partners in the consortium.|
|Consulting Services||In-depth studies on sustainable remote learning/e-learning platform to address impacts of COVID-19 will be prepared. To support the preparation of these studies, an ICT education specialist and education specialist will be engaged.|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Li, Zhigang|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Human and Social Development Division, SARD|
Ministry of Primary and Mass Education
Mirpur-2, Dhaka, Bangladesh
|Concept Clearance||21 Oct 2016|
|Fact Finding||26 Oct 2016 to 26 Oct 2016|
|Approval||13 Dec 2016|
|Last Review Mission||-|
|Last PDS Update||30 Jun 2021|
|Approval||Signing Date||Effectivity Date||Closing|
|13 Dec 2016||23 Jan 2017||23 Jan 2017||30 Jun 2018||30 Nov 2021||-|
|Financing Plan/TA Utilization||Cumulative Disbursements|
|800,000.00||1,168,000.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||1,968,000.00||29 Sep 2021||1,682,711.82|
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|Title||Document Type||Document Date|
|প্রাথমিক মশক্ষা উন্নয়ন সহায়তা : প্রকল্প তথ্যপত্র||Translated PDS||Mar 2018|
|Support to Primary Education Development: Technical Assistance Report||Technical Assistance Reports||Dec 2016|
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|Contract Title||Approval Number||Contract Date||Contractor | Address||Executing Agency||Total Contract Amount (US$)||Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9276||29 May 2020||ERNST & YOUNG LLP (INDIA)(INDIA) in association with A. QASEM & CO. (AQC)(BANGLADESH) | 6th Floor,Wing A & B,Worldmark 1,Aerocit Gandhi Intl.Airport), New Delhi, 110 037||Ministry of Primary and Mass Education||128,360.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9276||08 Oct 2019||ERNST & YOUNG LLP (INDIA)(INDIA) in association with A. QASEM & CO. (AQC)(BANGLADESH) | 3rd Floor,Wing A & B, Worldmark-1, IGI A pitality District, Aerocity, New Delhi, ndia||Ministry of Primary and Mass Education||119,542.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9276||20 Sep 2019||ASSOCIATES FOR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES LIMITED (BANGLADESH) | 5/3 Lalmatia, 2nd Floor, Block A Dhaka 1207 Bangladesh||Ministry of Primary and Mass Education||147,866.00||—|
|Capacity Development||Technical Assistance 9276||09 Aug 2019||Howladar Yunus & Co. (BANGLADESH) in association with Grant Thornton Consulting Bangladesh Limited (BANGLADESH) | 67 Dilkusha Commercial Area (2nd Floor) Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh [email protected]||Ministry of Primary and Mass Education||140,000.00||—|
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