Cambodia: Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science

Sovereign Project | 47136-002 Status: Active

Summary

The Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science (SSETMS) will support preparation of the Upper Secondary Education Sector Development Program (USESDP). The program is the response of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the government''s vision of improving the quality of its human resources to sustain Cambodia''s economic development and enhance its competitiveness. This will be achieved by supporting sequenced reforms aimed at improving the effectiveness of upper secondary education (USE). The program will (i) support initiatives to improve access to, quality of, and relevance of USE; and (ii) strengthen institutional capacity for planning, management, and delivery of education. While the policy reforms will be applied nationwide, most of the project activities will be implemented in seven disadvantaged provinces.

Impact is development of high-quality human resources.

Outcome is improved effectiveness of the upper secondary education system.

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Project Name Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science
Project Number 47136-002
Country Cambodia
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 8573-CAM: Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The Strengthening Secondary Education and Teaching of Math and Science (SSETMS) will support preparation of the Upper Secondary Education Sector Development Program (USESDP). The program is the response of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the government''s vision of improving the quality of its human resources to sustain Cambodia''s economic development and enhance its competitiveness. This will be achieved by supporting sequenced reforms aimed at improving the effectiveness of upper secondary education (USE). The program will (i) support initiatives to improve access to, quality of, and relevance of USE; and (ii) strengthen institutional capacity for planning, management, and delivery of education. While the policy reforms will be applied nationwide, most of the project activities will be implemented in seven disadvantaged provinces.

Impact is development of high-quality human resources.

Outcome is improved effectiveness of the upper secondary education system.

Output 1: Access to upper secondary education improved. The objective of this output is to increase enrolments and reduce dropouts and repetitions at the upper secondary level.

Output 2: Quality of upper secondary education improved. The objective of this output is to improve the quality and relevance of USE to produce better qualified secondary graduates, resulting in the expansion of tertiary education and a better skilled labor force. With ASEAN economic integration, Cambodian youth need a level playing field in an increasingly demanding economic environment. However, as improving education quality is dependent on a set of interlinked activities, the project will adopt a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of USE

Output 3: Institutional capacity for planning, management, and delivery of education strengthened. The objective of this output is to improve the efficiency of USE through capacity building and institutional strengthening.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy ADB has provided substantial investments in education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), reflecting ADB''s longterm commitment to education in Cambodia. The Education Sector Development Program (ESDP), the second ESDP, and the ongoing third ESDP focused on increasing access to and quality of lower secondary education. The Enhancing Education Quality Project supported quality improvements through the establishment of SRS equipped to support student learning. The USESDP will contribute to addressing unmet needs at the underserved USE level. It will build on the critical reforms initiated in the previous ADB programs such as (i) advocating for sustained increases in budget allocation to education, (ii) setting standards for effective secondary schools, (iii) establishing programs to address specific needs of the poor and disadvantaged, and (iv) initiating programs to improve competencies of teachers and teacher trainers in secondary education. ADB''s support to the government''s public financial management reform program, including in key line agencies such as the MoEYS, will help address the financial management issues constraining effective and efficient delivery of education services, including in USE.
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Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
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Consulting Services

Repackaging of the PPTA Consulting Services: During the TA review mission on 23-25 February 2015, MoEYS and the mission have agreed that the composition and person-months of the PPTA consultants be based on the design of the proposed loan. The PPTA consultants will carefully study and propose all the key loan activities. Original consulting services package (i) includes only 1 national consultant as deputy team leader but no other national consultants in the technical areas are included; (ii) resettlement and ethnic minority consultants are not included while the loan project will have the civil works component; (iii) the person-months for some key positions are not enough to design a good quality project; (iv) necessary information on some activities can be provided by the ongoing Loan 2888/2889-CAM: Third Education Sector Development Program; and (v) some consultants' position titles are confusing and the tasks need to be streamlined.

The two individual consultants' contracts are now closed and the consulting firm is now on board.

A minor change was requested engagement of two new additional experts (one international and one national 4 person-months) through the firm to support start-up activities of the project loan. The consultants are now on board.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Lynnette Perez
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SERD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
148 Norodom Blvd.
Phnom Penh
Kingdom of Cambodia

Timetable

Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 16 Dec 2013
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Sep 2016

TA 8573-CAM

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
16 Dec 2013 05 Feb 2014 05 Feb 2014 31 Jul 2014 31 Jan 2017 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 16 Dec 2013 695,602.84

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