Nepal: Supporting School Sector Development Plan

Sovereign Project | 49424-001

The program will support the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP), which is the government's major education initiative for FY2017-FY2023. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and eight other joint financing partners (JFPs) will finance the program with the government during FY2017-FY2021 through a sector-wide approach.

Project Details

Project Name Supporting School Sector Development Plan
Project Number 49424-001
Country / Economy Nepal
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant: Supporting School Sector Development Plan
Government of Norway US$ 39.46 million
United Nations Children's Fund US$ 2.50 million
Government of Finland US$ 22.34 million
European Union US$ 63.10 million
Japan International Cooperation Agency US$ 3.00 million
Global Partnership for Education Fund US$ 26.60 million
United States Agency for International Development US$ 5.50 million
Loan 3452-NEP: Supporting School Sector Development Plan
Asian Development Fund US$ 120.00 million
Loan: Supporting School Sector Development Plan
World Bank US$ 150.00 million
TA 9215-NEP: Supporting Policies and Implementation in the School Sector
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 500,000.00
TA 9215-NEP: Supporting Policies and Implementation in the School Sector (Supplementary)
European Union US$ 4.72 million
ATF - Norway TA Grant US$ 594,858.00
TA 9215-NEP: Supporting Policies and Implementation in the School Sector (Supplementary)
ATF - Norway TA Grant US$ 391,307.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The program will support the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP), which is the government's major education initiative for FY2017-FY2023. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and eight other joint financing partners (JFPs) will finance the program with the government during FY2017-FY2021 through a sector-wide approach.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Building on its extensive experience in education, ADB will support the government''s SSDP through results-based lending (RBL). Program-based lending was the appropriate modality to support the School Sector Reform Program (SSRP) which preceded SSDP._The RBL modality is most suited to support the SSDP because (i) the government has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to implementing reforms in critical areas; (ii) the program requires greater emphasis on translating policies already in place to implementation; and (iii) the JFPs have agreed on a single results framework and a common disbursement-linked indicators (DLIs) framework with the government which increases harmonization, reduces administrative burden and enables effective focus on results. ADB and other JFPs have coordinated due diligence assessments, harmonized key DLIs, and agreed on joint program reviews. A program action plan (PAP) will support timely DLI achievement. ADB's due diligence assessments provide reasonable assurance for effective achievement of results through RBL, with measures to strengthen program systems.

The SSDP builds on achievements and lessons from the SSRP. Midterm and final evaluations of the SSRP noted that while much progress had been made in access and equity in basic education, quality needed a stronger focus. The SSDP will support comprehensive interventions to improve the quality of basic education and expand access to quality secondary education. The SSDP will ensure that all newly built schools and classrooms meet disaster risk resilience standards. The National Reconstruction Authority is implementing a large-scale post-earthquake program for reconstruction and retrofitting of schools in 31 districts, including an ADB project.

ADB has been a leading development partner in education and the program will build on this experience. ADB funding will provide much-needed financial leverage for more investments to improve access to and quality of school education, with particular focus on secondary education. ADB financing will add value through key initiatives, such as the model school program, examination reform, provision of subject teachers, and improved school grant management system. The program will catalyze capacity building and system strengthening in the sector. ADB and other JFPs will adopt strong mitigation measures to address risks in public financial management, procurement, social and environment safeguards, and governance in school education. ADB will facilitate innovative knowledge solutions to implement key SSDP components such as (i) ICT-enriched teaching and learning; (ii) teacher professional development; (iii) activity-based pedagogy for math, science, and English; and (iv) model school development.

Impact

More qualified human resource base for equitable socioeconomic development.

Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

Equitable access to quality secondary education enhanced

Progress Toward Outcome Achieved. Based on the progress reported by the MOEST, the GER in secondary education (grades 9 to 12) has reached 75.7 (76.8 for girls and 74.4 for boys), thus significantly surpassing the targets. Percentage of students enrolled in science subjects in grade 11 has increased to 12.7% (girls) and 17.3% (boys). Cohort survival rate for grades 1 to10 has increased to 58.5% in FY2019/20. Data for 2020/21 is being analyzed by CEHRD.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Access to basic and secondary schools improved

Quality of school education improved

Model school program pilot tested

School system governance and management improved

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

Till date full provision of math, science, and English teachers has been made in 3,225 basic schools and 1,557 secondary schools.

According to the Consolidated Flash Report 2020/21, female teachers account for 20.8% of all secondary (grades 9-12) teachers.

Revised pro-poor scholarship scheme is implemented nationwide for secondary grades nationwide. Until FY 2019/20, 9,047 students have received pro-poor scholarships in grades 11 and 12, of which pro-science is 1176 with girls 49% in science and 65% in non-science subjects, respectively. Data for scholarship distribution in FY2020/21 is being collected.

Till date, 6,475 teachers have been trained in the first 15-day package of science, mathematics and English subjects.

CEHRD is collecting data on the number of schools accessing the online portal.

Framework for conducting standardized test for grade 8 by Local Governments has been approved by the MOEST.

NEB has completed preparation of repository (item bank) of 3,000 test items for mathematics, science, and English subjects for grade 8.

Model school program has been implemented in 200 community schools offering grades 110 or grades 112.

It has been verified by IVA that all the model schools have access to the MOEST's online learning portal Sikai Chautari which includes new ICT resources and e-learning materials. CEHRD has asked model schools to make the portal accessible to all students and use it for blended teaching-learning.

Web-based EMIS with disaggregated data for gender and social groups is operational. The system is being continuously improved through support from the SSDP TA.

Second round of EMIS verification has been completed by independent third party. The report indicates more than 95% accuracy of student and teacher data in the EMIS. Similarly, when compared to the first round of EMIS verification, the report indicates that there is marginal decrease discrepancy between data entered into EMIS and the information maintained by schools as enrolment record.

As per the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) Audit Financial Report of SSDP for FY 2019/20, out of the total SSDP expenses of NPR 97,398.90 million, the total ineligible expenses are NPR 246.19 million, which is only 0.25% of total expenditure. The audit report of FY FY 2020/21 is being reviewed and update will be made accordingly.

he government has reported that at least 631 local governments (80%) have education officer of at least level 6 or above.

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The main environmental issues under the SSDP relate to impacts from construction, provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, waste management, and possible location of the school or its facilities in flood-prone, landslide areas and earthquake risk zones. Since the school and laboratory buildings are in the category of small and medium construction, with small and localized environmental effects, the Government of Nepal does not require specific environmental assessments. However, to manage and monitor potential small-scale environmental impacts, an environmental management framework (EMF) has been developed and the EA has uploaded the EMF in its website.
Involuntary Resettlement No involuntary resettlement will take place under the program since infrastructure construction (civil works) will be of a small scale and mostly within school premises.
Indigenous Peoples Positive impacts are expected for them (Adivasi and Janajatis) thanks to affirmative actions of the program, which will increase participation and learning of indigenous communities. Negative impacts are not expected. However, Social Management Framework (SMF) has also been developed and uploaded in the EA's website so as to monitor the possible impacts on indigenous peoples.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design Extensive consultations with the Ministry of Education and Joint Financing Partners were conducted during the formulation of the project.
During Project Implementation The implementation of the loan is undertaken in close coordination with the Ministry of Education and 8 other Joint Financing Partners (JFPs). Regular consultations on implementation are ensured through ongoing review missions._Joint Review Missions with other JFPs are also organized to monitor the progress of achievement of the DLIs.Extensive consultation is also ongoing given the restructuring of government into federal structure
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services ADB has received_co-financing support from the EU and Norwegian for the TA 9215: Supporting Policies and Implementation_in the School Sector._The EOI_for Norwegian fund_has been advertised while the EOI for EU_is under preparation
Procurement Not applicable.
Responsible ADB Officer Gyawali, Smita
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Nepal Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Timetable
Concept Clearance 21 Dec 2015
Fact Finding 07 Jun 2016 to 14 Jun 2016
MRM 17 Aug 2016
Approval 02 Nov 2016
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Jun 2022

Loan 3452-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Nov 2016 02 Dec 2016 12 Dec 2016 31 May 2022 - 20 Oct 2022
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5,881.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 120.00 01 Nov 2022 113.64 0.00 100%
Counterpart 5,761.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 01 Nov 2022 113.64 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

TA 9215-NEP

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
02 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 25 Nov 2016 31 Dec 2021 31 Mar 2023 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
500,000.00 5,706,165.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 6,206,165.00 01 Nov 2022 3,977,238.57
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - Satisfactory

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Item Banking & Assessment Software and Capacity Development Firm Firm - Consulting Closed 05 Dec 2021 25 Dec 2021
Teacher Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 02 Sep 2021 08 Sep 2021
Education Planning Specialist - Team Leader for Model School Development Individual - Consulting Closed 10 Nov 2020 16 Nov 2020
ICT Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 18 Jun 2020 24 Jun 2020
External Monitoring, Review and Evaluation Team Firm - Consulting Closed 14 Aug 2018 12 Sep 2018
Program Management, Coordination and Technical Support Team Firm - Consulting Closed 10 May 2018 08 Jun 2018
Teacher Managment Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 09 Mar 2018 15 Mar 2018
Fiduciary Management Support Team Firm - Consulting Closed 22 Feb 2018 23 Mar 2018
Engineer Individual - Consulting Closed 16 Feb 2018 22 Feb 2018
Education Planning Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 08 Feb 2018 14 Feb 2018

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
Capacity Development Technical Assistance Technical Assistance 9215 20 Jun 2022 Open Assessment Technologies SA (LUXEMBOURG) in association with National Foundation for Educational Research (U.K.) | 40 Parc d'Activites Capellen Mamer 8308 Luxembourg Ministry of Education, Science and Technology 198,300.00
REQUEST FOR DISBURSEMENT UNDER L3452 (RBL) AGAINST ACHIEVEMENT OF DISBURSEMENT LINKED INDICATORS Loan 3452 07 Dec 2020 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 3,984,636.89 3,984,636.89
REQUEST FOR DISBURSEMENT UNDER L3452 (RBL) AGAINST ACHIEVEMENT OF DISBURSEMENT LINKED INDICATORS Loan 3452 27 Aug 2020 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 16,175,508.76 16,175,508.75
WTIHDRAWAL APPLICATION NUMBER 00006 Loan 3452 03 Dec 2019 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 7,000,000.00 7,000,000.00
WITHDRAWAL APPLICATION NUMBER 00005 Loan 3452 13 Jun 2019 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 13,000,000.00 13,000,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9215 14 Jan 2019 British Council (Education) (UNITED KINGDOM) in association with Building Design Authority (NEPAL) | 58 Whitworth Street Manchester M1 8BB Un Kingdom/c.p. Muhaimin Syamsuddin [email protected] Ministry of Education 3,299,562.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9215 21 Dec 2018 SOCIETE FRANCAISE DE REALISATION D'ETUDES ET DE CO(FRANCE) in association with FULL BRIGHT CONSULTANCY (PVT.) LTD.(NEPAL) | 92-98, BD VICTOR HUGO 92115 CLICHY CEDEX FRANCE Ministry of Education 493,865.00
ACHIEVEMENT OF 2018 DLIS (DLI 3 AND 6) Loan 3452 03 Dec 2018 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 8,000,000.00 8,000,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 9215 10 Jul 2018 N Bhattarai & Co., Chartered Accountants(NEPAL) | 194 Sahayog Marg, Anam Nagar, Kathmandu Nepal, Province 3, 3 Nepal Ministry of Education 280,200.00
ACHIEVEMENT OF DLIS 6(I) AND DLI 7 Loan 3452 15 Nov 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 5,000,000.00 5,000,000.00
ACHEIVEMENT OF 2017 DLIS (DLI 1,2,4,5,6) Loan 3452 08 Sep 2017 VARIOUS | VARIOUS NEPAL Ministry of Education 15,000,000.00 15,000,000.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.