Bangladesh: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)

Sovereign Project | 44213-015

The proposed investment program will support the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that builds the foundation for a skilled labor force and prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. It will support advanced teaching and learning programs that use information and communication technology (ICT), as well as prevocational and vocational programs, teacher development, and examination reforms. It will promote gender-equitable and pro-poor stipends for students. It will help establish more decentralized and efficient allocation and use of resources, as well as strengthen sector performance monitoring. The investment program will build upon the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Development Program and the Second Teaching Quality Improvement Project. It will further benefit from the experience of the Third Primary Education Development Project, which uses disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs).

Project Name MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Project Number 44213-015
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
MFF Facility Concept 0074-BAN: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Asian Development Fund US$ 500.00 million
MFF Facility Concept: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
International Development Association US$ 250.00 million
Grant: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Korea International Cooperation Agency US$ 3.50 million
MFF Facility Concept: MFF - Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Facility Concept)
Export-Import Bank of Korea US$ 76.02 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The proposed investment program will support the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that builds the foundation for a skilled labor force and prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. It will support advanced teaching and learning programs that use information and communication technology (ICT), as well as prevocational and vocational programs, teacher development, and examination reforms. It will promote gender-equitable and pro-poor stipends for students. It will help establish more decentralized and efficient allocation and use of resources, as well as strengthen sector performance monitoring. The investment program will build upon the ongoing Secondary Education Sector Development Program and the Second Teaching Quality Improvement Project. It will further benefit from the experience of the Third Primary Education Development Project, which uses disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs). The investment program links disbursement to the achievement of key results. It will further support the transition to a sector-wide approach.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The government acknowledges the need to develop a long-term strategy to meet demand for higher quality and more relevant secondary education. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has developed, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a NEP implementation strategy for secondary education that draws on extensive stakeholder consultation. It has built upon the NEP implementation strategy to develop a 10-year secondary education sector road map, 2013 2023, which adopts the phased implementation of reforms to modernize curriculum, examinations, and teacher development, as well as to establish and apply common quality standards for secondary schools and teachers. Extensive investment in ICT-based teaching facilities, science laboratories and equipment, other learning materials, and teacher training will support these reforms. The road map further plans to intensify gender-equitable and pro-poor stipend programs using improved methodology. It suggests expanding school infrastructure according to need and recruiting better-qualified teachers with revised selection procedures. Institutional reform to decentralized education management will redefine and strengthen the roles and responsibilities of field offices and school management committees. Extensive capacity development in management at the center and in the field will strengthen performance monitoring and the efficient use of resources. The government projects an additional 3.5 million secondary school students by 2023, to be accommodated by expanding teacher ranks by 145,000 and the number of schools by 10,000. Success in implementing reform will help meet parents' and beneficiaries' aspirations for post-primary education that undergirds a better life and higher income prospects.
Impact Increased employability of secondary education graduates.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome A more efficient and equitable and higher-quality secondary education system.
Progress Toward Outcome Progress will be reviewed during the review missions in November-December 2021.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Enhanced quality and relevance of secondary education

More equitable access and better retention

Strengthened secondary education management and governance

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

For the implementation of the revised curriculum, the scheme Improving Quality and Relevance of Curriculum has been prepared by NCTB and remains yet to be approved.

The Framework for NASS 2019 for English, Bangla, and Mathematics for Grades 6, 8 and 10 was approved by the MoE on 29 December 2019. NASS 2019 was conducted and final reports were prepared. New subject (science) is to be included in NASS 2021.

The scheme Strengthening Teachers Quality & Establishment of Teacher Education Centers has been prepared and remains yet to be approved.

Teachers Time-Spent-Teaching (TST) guidelines were approved by MOE in 2019. The scheme TST was approved in 2020. Officers need to be appointed and consulting firm to be engaged for implementation.

710 ICT Learning Centers (ILCs) which introduced e-learning have become functional under Tranches 1 and 2.

Pre-vocational and Vocational Implementation Plan (PVIP), including ten trades, was approved by SHED, MoE under Tranche 2. Pre-vocational and vocational program started in 640 selected schools [school: 548 (girls' school 5) and madrasah: 92] from January 2020. For the implementation of PVIP program in secondary level institutions, the scheme Vocational and Technical Education has been prepared and remains yet to be approved.

A draft policy guideline on minimum standard of school building construction to improve learning environment and gender-responsiveness has been prepared and remains yet to be approved by SHED, MoE.

Under the harmonized stipend scheme, 2,494,405 beneficiaries (male: 904,754 and female: 1,589,651) have been provided stipend amounting BDT 1,228.64 crore for 250 SEQAEP upaziila (from 2017 to 2019) and all other upazillas up to June 2020 except grades XI-XII.

Management of MPO was decentralized from DSHE to all nine Zonal Education Offices in June 2015 under Tranche 1. MPO implementation guidelines and MPO rationalization plans for technical education and madrasa, and for schools and colleges have been approved and published. The scheme Strengthening Decentralized Education Management, Governance, M&E System and MPO Rationalization needs to be prepared based on the approved MPO Rationalization Plans by deploying a short term consultant.

Annual Secondary Education Performance Report with improved indicators and sex-disaggregated data were published in 2017 and 2018. Draft report for 2019 was prepared but remains yet to be finalized due to COVID-19.

The scheme Strengthening Procurement and Fiduciary Management has been prepared and remains yet to be approved.

Geographical Location
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design A large number of consultations, including local levels, were organized to prepare the program. This includes development of implementation strategy of the National Education Policy in secondary education. Stakeholders include policy makers, educational practitioners including teachers and members of school management committee, curriculum developers, etc, and nongovernmental organizations with strong ownership of the government (Ministry of Education and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education). Consultations with development partners were also organized to develop Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) Road Map.
During Project Implementation The program will work in partnership with multiple stakeholders such as civil society organizations (CSOs), school management committees, and parent-teacher associations. Community participation is vital to the community-based management of schools and the development of pro-poor stipend with appropriate gender targeting. The program will work on institutional reforms in key education institutions. In addition, based on the agreed SWAp Road Map, the program will promote harmonization of other development partners.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services All consultants will be selected using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2013, as amended from time to time). Consulting firms will be recruited through Quality and Cost-Based Selection and Consultants' Qualification Selection methods and subject to ADB's prior review.
Procurement

The government will carry out all procurement of goods, works, and consulting services. Goods and civil works will be procured in accordance with ADB's Procurement Guidelines (2012, as amended from time to time). Goods and works valued more than $1 million and $2 million respectively will be procured using International Competitive Bidding and ADB's standard bidding documents, and subject to prior review. Goods and civil works valued below the respective International Competitive Bidding threshold will be procured using the National Competitive Bidding (NCB), in accordance with the government's Public Procurement Act (2006) and Public Procurement Rules (2008) subject to modifications agreed between the government and ADB as set out in the Facility Administration Manual (FAM) and procurement plan. For efficiency and economy, small civil works can be grouped together into larger bid packages, wherever feasible.

Advance contracting and retroactive financing will be considered.

Responsible ADB Officer Maruyama, Asako
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Timetable
Concept Clearance 28 Aug 2012
Fact Finding 03 Mar 2013 to 15 Mar 2013
MRM 06 Jun 2013
Approval 27 Sep 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 18 Nov 2021

MFF Facility Concept 0074-BAN

Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 17,110.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 500.00 - 0.00 0.00 %
Counterpart 16,360.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 250.00 - 0.00 0.00 %

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Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program: Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Sep 2013
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Draft) Environmental Assessment and Review Framework Jun 2013
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program Resettlement Frameworks Jun 2013
Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (Draft) Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks Jun 2013

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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