Bangladesh: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3

Sovereign Project | 44213-018

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
Grant: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
World Bank US$ 20.00 million
Loan 3649-BAN: Secondary Education Sector Investment Program - Tranche 3
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending 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 Progress to be reviewed during the mid-term review mission scheduled in July 2021.
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)

The National Curriculum Policy Framework (NCPF) under SESIP has been approved by the MoE. Based on the NCPF, 2012 curriculum was reviewed and revised. The revised curriculum is to be approved by the National Curriculum Coordination Committee (NCCC). 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 Secondary Teachers Development Policy (STDP has been renamed as Secondary Teachers Development Strategy (STDS). STDS was approved by MOE in December 2019. For the implementation of STDS, the scheme Strengthening Teachers Quality & Establishment of Teacher Education Centers has been prepared and remains yet to be approved.

Introducing practical science teaching in the schools was planned under Tranches 1 and 2 through the 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: 6,439) and Madrasah: 13,273 (F: 1,797)}] were trained on practical oriented science teaching. Equipment was supplied to the selected 10,000 schools and madrasahs (school: 7,163 and madrasah: 2,837) under Tranche 1 and another 10,000 selected schools and madrasas (school: 7,281 and madrasah: 2,719) under Tranche 2. The scheme Improving Teaching Learning in Bangla, English, Mathematics, Science, ICT and Practical Science Teaching (PST) has been submitted for approval.

A total of 640 schools/madrasahs [Schools 548 (Girls: 104) and Madrasah 92 (Girls 8)] were selected as ICT Learning Centers, ILCs) and their refurbishment and supply of equipment completed under Tranche 1. Additional 70 ILCs were refurbished and became functional under Tranche 2. Training of Core Trainers (25) and Master Trainers (180) completed in September 2018. Training of 3,876 (F 1,073) teachers of 640 ILCs on the use of e-learning materials also completed under Tranche 1.

Development of 150 e-learning modules for six subjects of grades VII-VIII completed based on the scripts prepared by NCTB under Tranche 2. Repository of E-learning Modules (ReLM) and Monitoring Dashboard for the ILCs were also prepared. The scheme Enhancing use of ICT for Pedagogy remains yet to be prepared. To prepare the scheme, a short term consultant needs to deployed and conduct a review of the existing ICT education and ICT in education at secondary level.

The Framework for NASS 19 for English, Bangla, and Mathematics for Grades 6, 8 and 10 was approved by the MoE on 29 December 2019. NASS 2019 piloting and final survey were conducted. NASS 2019 reports are being finalized as of December 2020 (delayed due to COVID-19).

Pre-vocational and Vocational Implementation Plan (PVIP), including ten trades, was approved by SHED, MoE under Tranche 2. 600 teachers (2 teachers per each institution) were appointed under MPO system. Classrooms were constructed, and equipment were supplied to selected schools. 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 the PVIP in secondary level institutions, the scheme Vocational and Technical Education has been prepared and remains yet to be approved.

The maintenance policy for school facilities with gender responsive approach has been drafted 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 also been prepared and remains yet to be approved by SHED, MoE.

The harmonized stipend scheme (HSP) is fully functional. Under HSP, 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. Stipend is pending for grades XI-XII for FY 2019-2020.

The adolescent girls' program/adolescent Student program (ASP) Guideline was approved by MoE in 2019. An MoU was also signed with the Ministry of Health in this regard. The scheme Adolescent Student Program is under revision by MoE. A guideline on teachers' incentive has been approved by SHED, MOE in 2019. The scheme Incentive for Secondary Teachers in Disadvantaged Areas & Institutions needs to be revised and resubmitted for approval.

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 plan for technical education and madrasa have been approved and published. Those for schools and colleges are to be 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 Plan by deploying a short term consultant.

An International EMIS consultant submitted the report for strengthening of DSHE EMIS in April 2019. The scheme Strengthening EMIS and Grant Management System (GMS) has been prepared and remains yet to be approved. F&P Wing of DSHE is arranging financial management training for DDOs, including USEOs, DEOs, Zonal Directors, DSHE officers, Govt. school Head Teachers and Govt. College Principals. Training of a significant number of DDOs has been completed.

The scheme Strengthening Procurement and Fiduciary Management has been prepared and remains yet to be approved. e-GP training program developed in January 2015. A significant number of officers from DSHE and other co-implementing agencies have been trained on e-GP. All the agencies are using e-GP for tender.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project excludes 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 To benefit ethnic minority children through better education and learning skills and increase employment opportunities in the area, the project has been classified as Category B for Indigenous Peoples. The project would have no negative impact on ethnic minority children. They will benefit from improved quality of secondary education in all locations as much as the others.
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 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 28 Jun 2021

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 18 Nov 2021 60.00 0.00 27%
Counterpart 1,251.90 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 500.00 18 Nov 2021 60.00 0.00 27%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.


Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Achievement of DLIs 2.1, 2.2, 3.3, 4.2, 4.3, 4.6, and 7.4 Loan 3649 07 Dec 2021 Various | Bangladesh Ministry of Education 50,000,000.00 50,000,000.00
WA NO. 00004, DLI-BASED Loan 3649 17 Dec 2020 VARIOUS | BANGLADESH BANGLADESH Ministry of Education 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 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 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 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00

Procurement Plan

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