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Bangladesh: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign (Public) Project | 44213-018 Status: Active

Tranche 3 will continue supporting the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. Building on earlier projects supported by ADB and the World Bank and Tranches 1 and 2, Tranche 3 will support (i) implementation of fundamental reforms such as modernization of curriculum and standardization of examination; (ii) advanced teaching in science, math, English, Bangla; and (iii) use of information and communication technology in learning. Harmonized stipend, resource teacher program, and adolescent girls program will contribute to increase access and retention and completion of 6 years' schooling of secondary education. Sector management will be strengthened in decentralization, planning, monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and financial management.

 
Project Name Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
Project Number 44213-018
Country Bangladesh
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3649-BAN: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
concessional ordinary capital resources lending / Asian Development Fund US$ 225.00 million
Loan: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
World Bank US$ 500.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

Tranche 3 will continue supporting the government's reform of secondary education (grades 6-12) into a system that prepares youths to meet the requirements of a rapidly developing economy. Building on earlier projects supported by ADB and the World Bank and Tranches 1 and 2, Tranche 3 will support (i) implementation of fundamental reforms such as modernization of curriculum and standardization of examination; (ii) advanced teaching in science, math, English, Bangla; and (iii) use of information and communication technology in learning. Harmonized stipend, resource teacher program, and adolescent girls program will contribute to increase access and retention and completion of 6 years' schooling of secondary education. Sector management will be strengthened in decentralization, planning, monitoring and evaluation, procurement, and financial management.

The tranche will support the government's comprehensive Secondary Education Development Program (SEDP) through a sector-wide approach (SWAp). The World Bank fund flow mechanism is harmonized with ADB, following the disbursement modality of Tranches 1 and 2. ADB and the World Bank have agreed to a common disbursement-linked indicator (DLI) matrix. In addition, the World Bank will provide parallel cofinancing amounting to $520 million and United Nations agencies will provide technical assistance to SEDP following SWAp arrangements.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Tranche 3 will continue strengthening the country system in procurement and financial management. Implementation of the National e-Government Procurement, which was introduced in Tranche 1 and 2, will continue in Tranche 3. In addition, following the National Procurement and Financial Management Reform Strategy (2016-2021), the government endorsed that Tranche 3 will be a national pilot for implementing the single budget system. Supporting this pilot, Tranche 3 will aim at (i) improved budget planning, (ii) better balance in resource allocation between recurrent and capital spending, and (iii) sustainable utilization of resources in meeting planned project outcomes.
Impact A more efficient, equitable, and higher quality secondary education system.
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Student outcomes in secondary education and effectiveness of secondary education system improved
Progress Toward Outcome Target achieved: Grades VI-X 75.32 (2018)(F: 85.50; 2018).Target achieved: Grades VIII-IX 72.90 (2018)(F: 71.68; 2018).The Framework for NASS for English, Bangla and Mathematics for Grades 6, 8 and 10 already approved by the MoE on 29 December 2019.The NASS 2019 framework already shared with DPs and final survey of NASS 2019 has been conducted. Reports of NASS 2019 is under process (Delayed due to Covid-19).
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Quality and relevance of secondary education enhanced

equitable access and retention increased

education management and governance strengthened.

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

Management of MPO decentralized from DSHE to all nine Zonal Education Offices in June 2015 under SESIP.

A consultant has been recruited under SESIP for review of MPO guidelines and to prepare MPO Rationalization Plan. Zonal level workshops conducted for gathering information to finalize the report. It was expected that the MPO Rationalization Plan will be finalized by May 2020. But due to COVID-19 situation it does not happen in time and expected to be approved soon.

A scheme entitled Strengthening Decentralized Education Management, Governance, M&E System and MPO Rationalization for addressing this issue along with other issues is in progress under SEDP. The scheme will be finalized based on the approved MPO Rationalization Plan.

An International EMIS consultant under SESIP submitted the report for strengthening of DSHE EMIS in April 2019. It is now in DSHE for next course of action.

Under SEDP, a scheme entitled Strengthening EMIS and Grant Management System (GMS) has been prepared and sent to SHED, MOE for BMC recommendation.

F&P Wing of DSHE is arranging financial management training for DDOs like - USEOs, DEOs, Zonal Directors, DSHE officers, Govt. school Head Teachers and Govt. College Principals.

The PFM action plan has been approved. The training for a significant number of DDOs completed so far.

Under SEDP, a scheme entitled Strengthening Procurement and Fiduciary Management has been prepared and submitted to SHED, MOE for BMC recommendation.

e-GP training program developed in January 2015 and since then, a significant number of officers have been trained on eGP from DSHE and other co-implementing agencies. Currently all the agencies are following e-GP for tender.

The National Curriculum Policy Framework (NCPF) under SESIP has been approved by the MoE. Based on the NCPF, review of 2012 curriculum completed. Based on the review report the revision of curriculum started. The MoE formed a Curriculum Development Revision Core Committee (CDRCC). Now the preparation of National Curriculum Framework is going on and it is expected that the preparation will be completed by mid-October' 20. Then it will be forwarded to SHED, MoE for approval by the National Curriculum Coordination Committee (NCCC).Based on the National Curriculum Framework the national curriculum will be developed and it is expected to be completed by March/April 2021.

A scheme entitled Improving Quality and Relevance of Curriculum under NCTB has been prepared and sent to SHED, MOE for BMC recommendation.

Introducing practical science teaching in the schools is planned under SESIP through supply of science equipment to the selected schools and training of teachers. All the secondary level science teachers (both school and madrasah) [total 55,915 {School 44,887 (F: 6439) and Madrasah: 13273 (F: 1797)}] trained on practical oriented science teaching. Equipment supply to the selected schools and madrasahs [target 20,000 [School: 14,444 (Girls: 1,322; Madrasah; 5,556 (Girls: 955] completed. Total number of girl's school and madrasah in the country are 3,050 and 1,089 respectively. Supply completed for total 10,000 institutions (school: 7,163 and madrasah 2,837) under package no. GD-5.

Supply of science equipment to another 10,000 secondary level institutions (Schools-7281 & Madrasha 2719) under package no. GD-39 also completed under SESIP.

A scheme named _Improving Teaching Learning in Bangla, English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and Practical Science Teaching (PST)_ has been recommended by the BMC and sent to FD for final approval. But now the scheme is under review in SHED, MoE.

Concept of information hub (renamed as ICT Learning Centers, ILCs) under SESIP was approved by MOE in January 2015. A total of 640 schools/madrasahs [Schools 548 (Girls: 104) and Madrasah 92 (Girls 8)] selected as ILC and refurbishment completed. Supply of equipment completed for all 640 ILCs under ICB package GD-4 and GD-40.These 640 ILCs are fully functional. Besides more 70 ILC will be established in more 70 institutions which is expected to be completed by October 2020. Apart these, SEDP will also establish 640 ILCs in additional 640 institutions. The preparation of Scheme for the establishment ILCs under SEDP is under process.

Development of 150 e-learning modules for six subjects of grades VII-VIII completed based on the scripts prepared by NCTB under package SD-13 (contract signed in September 2017). Repository of E-learning Modules (ReLM) and Monitoring Dashboard for the ILCs prepared under another service package SD-10 under SESIP.

Training of Core Trainers (25) and Master Trainers (180) completed in September 2018. Training of 3876 (F 1073) teachers of 640 ILCs under SESIP on the use of e-learning materials completed.

The ILCs (Information Hubs) under SESIP have been made fully operationalized.

Under SEDP, preparation of a scheme entitled _Enhancing use of ICT for Pedagogy_ which will address the above ILCs (Information Hubs) activities is in progress. A short term consultant to be deployed soon for conducting a review of the existing ICT education and ICT in education at secondary level in Bangladesh. Based on the review report the scheme will be finalized.

A Pre-vocational and Vocational Implementation Plan (PVIP) developed under SESIP has been approved by SHED, MoE. Under SESIP there is plan to introduce vocational education in 640 general secondary level institutions. Ten trades approved by MoE. There is provision to deploy two teachers in each institutions and so far 600 more teachers appointed under MPO system. Tender invited to procure the equipment under 10 lots. Out of 10 lots evaluation completed for 4 lots (lots 1 & 5 under GD-50a and lots 2&3 under 50b) and ADB provided concurrence for these. The procurement under these four lots have been approved by the Purchased Committee and supply of equipment is going on. The remaining six lots are under review by DSHE to be sent to ADB soon.

Under the above program there is provision of construction of class rooms, supply of equipment, teacher recruitment, teachers training etc. So far contract signed for construction of class rooms in 628 institutions out of 640 institutions and work is in final stage. So far construction works completed in 140 institutions.

Besides a Scheme preparation is in progress for implementation of PVIP in secondary level institutions under SEDP.

The Framework for NASS'19 for English, Bangla, and Mathematics for Grades 6, 8 and 10 already approved by the MoE on 29 December 2019.The NASS-19 framework already shared with DPS. NASS 2019 piloting and final survey conducted. The reports of NASS 2019 is under preparation (delayed due to Covid'19).

The scheme entitled Improving Student Readiness for Secondary Education and National Assessment of Secondary Student (NASS) has been recommended by the BMC and forwarded to FD for approval. But now the scheme is under review in SHED, MoE.

The Secondary Teachers Development Policy (STDP has been renamed as Secondary Teachers Development Strategy (STDS). The final draft of Secondary Teacher Development Strategy prepared under SESIP submitted to MoE on 15 April 2018. To finalize the draft report a national level workshop was held on December'19 under the presence of the Honorable Education Minister.Having the feedback of the workshop the report has been finalized and submitted to MoE for approval. The MoE finally approved the Secondary Teachers Development Strategy (STDS).

Now, the STDS will be implemented under SEDP. The preparation of a scheme entitled Strengthening Teachers Quality & Establishment of Teacher Education Center related to this activity is under process.

Concept of information hub (renamed as ICT Learning Centers, ILCs) under SESIP was approved by MOE in January 2015. A total of 640 schools/madrasahs [Schools 548 (Girls: 104) and Madrasah 92 (Girls 8)] selected as ILC and refurbishment completed. Supply of equipment completed for all 640 ILCs under ICB package GD-4 and GD-40. These 640 ILCs are fully functional. Besides more 70 ILC will be established in more 70 institutions which is expected to be completed by October 2020.

Apart these, SEDP will also establish 640 ILCs in additional 640 institutions. The preparation of Scheme for the establishment of these ILCs under SEDP is in progress.

Development of 150 e-learning modules for six subjects of grades VII-VIII completed based on the scripts prepared by NCTB under package SD-13 (contract signed in September 2017). Repository of E-learning Modules (ReLM) and Monitoring Dashboard for the ILCs prepared under another service package SD-10 under SESIP.

Training of Core Trainers (25) and Master Trainers (180) completed in September 2018. Training of 3876 (F 1073) teachers of 640 ILCs under SESIP on the use of e-learning materials completed.

Total 710 ILCs (Information Hubs) have been made fully operationalized under SESIP.

Under SEDP, preparation of a scheme entitled _Enhancing use of ICT for Pedagogy_ which will address the above ILCs (Information Hubs) activities is in progress. A short term consultant to be deployed soon for conducting a review of the existing ICT education and ICT in education at secondary level in Bangladesh.

The harmonized stipend scheme (HSP) is fully functional. Under HSP, 2,494,405 beneficiaries (male-9,04754 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 the gr XI-XII. Stipend pending for gr. XI to XII for the FY 2019 to 2020.

The maintenance policy for school facilities with gender responsive approach has been drafted under SESIP and expected to be approved by June 2020 but yet not approved.

A draft policy guideline on minimum standard of school building construction to improve learning environment and gender-responsiveness prepared under SESIP. The report is now ready to be approved by the SHED, MoE.

The adolescent girls' program/adolescent Student program (ASP) Guideline was approved by MOE in 2019. A Scheme entitled Adolescent Student Program has been recommended by the BMC and sent to FD for final approval. An MoU already signed with the Ministry of Health in this regard. But now the scheme is under review in SHED, MoE.

A guideline on teachers' incentive has been approved by SHED, MOE in 2019. The Scheme entitled Incentive for Secondary Teachers in Disadvantaged Areas & Institutions prepared and submitted to FD, MoF. The FD turned back the scheme with observations. The scheme will be submitted once again with revision.

A guideline on teachers' incentive has been approved by SHED, MOE in 2019. The Scheme entitled Incentive for Secondary Teachers in Disadvantaged Areas & Institutions prepared and submitted to FD. The FD turned back the scheme with observations. The scheme will be submitted once again with revision.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project will exclude all support for civil work. No construction is supported under the project, and no adverse effect of environment is envisaged.
Involuntary Resettlement Neither land acquisition nor relocation of the people is anticipated under this project.
Indigenous Peoples The Secondary Education Sector Investment Program (SESIP) has been supporting the secondary education in Bangladesh over 10 years (2013 2022), using a multi-tranche financing facility. To benefit the IP children through better education and learning skills and increase employment opportunities in the area. The tranche 3 of the program has been classified as Category B for Indigenous Peoples. The SESIP would have no negative impact on the ethnic people; rather the program implementation on a nation-wide scale would improve the quality of secondary education for every secondary level student of all locations including the SEC population.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Nongovernment organizations, teachers, and community people including parents of students and members of school management committees joined the project development through a series of consultation session.
During Project Implementation They will continue to be involved in the monitoring and implementation of the project.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services None.
Procurement Indicative procurement plan was prepared.
Responsible ADB Officer Maruyama, Asako
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education
Shikkha Bhaban, 16 Abdul Ghani Road
Dhaka-1000
Bangladesh
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM 10 Oct 2017
Approval 26 Mar 2018
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 22 Nov 2020

Loan 3649-BAN

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
26 Mar 2018 09 Aug 2018 13 Sep 2018 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 1,976.90 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 225.00 26 Mar 2018 40.00 0.00 18%
Counterpart 1,251.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 500.00 26 Mar 2018 40.00 0.00 18%

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
WA NO. 00004, DLI-BASED Loan 3649 17 Dec 2020 VARIOUS BANGLADESH BANGLADESH Ministry of Education OTHERS 20,000,000.00 20,000,000.00
PAYMENT FO DLI 6 AND 8 FOR YEAR 1 AND DLI 8 FOR Y EAR 2 Loan 3649 12 Dec 2019 FINANCE DIVISION,MINISTRY OF FINANCE BANGLADESH SECRETARIAT, DHAKA 1000 BANGLADESH BANGLADESH Ministry of Education OTHERS 30,000,000.00 30,000,000.00
PAYMENT FOR DLI 6 YEAR 1 Loan 3649 21 May 2019 FINANCE DIVISION, MINISTRY OF FINANCE BANGLADESH SECRETARIAT, DHAKA 1000 BANGLADESH Ministry of Education OTHERS 10,000,000.00 10,000,000.00
PAYMENT FOR DLI1 - YEAR 1 Loan 3649 18 Dec 2018 FINANCE DIVISION, MINISTRY OF FINANCE BANGLADESH SECRETARIAT, DHAKA 1000 BANGLADESH Ministry of Education OTHERS 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00

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