India: Accelerating State Education Program to Improve Results

Sovereign Project | 53386-001

To address the ongoing challenges in school education and to improve the quality of education, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched a new flagship scheme in 2018, Samagra Shiksha, which combines the previous two schemes (SSA and RMSA) and Teacher Education. Samagra Shiksha aims to provide holistic, integrated support for the states' school education from preschool to senior secondary schools with unified administrative structure. Compared to the previous schemes, the new scheme shifts its focus to ensuring the quality of education, particularly inclusive and equitable learning outcomes. The NEP 2020 further sets the country's vision of quality education for the future, with emphasis on strong foundational skills and learnability to equip the young with 21st century skills requirements, which range from foundational literacy and numeracy, exposure to vocational education at earlier grades, critical thinking, experiential learning, student-centered learning, and to socioemotional (soft) skills.

Project Details

Project Name Accelerating State Education Program to Improve Results
Project Number 53386-001
Country India
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Accelerating State Education Program to Improve Results
Ordinary capital resources 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 / Education sector development - Pre-primary and primary - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

To address the ongoing challenges in school education and to improve the quality of education, the Ministry of Education (MOE) launched a new flagship scheme in 2018, Samagra Shiksha, which combines the previous two schemes (SSA and RMSA) and Teacher Education. Samagra Shiksha aims to provide holistic, integrated support for the states' school education from preschool to senior secondary schools with unified administrative structure. Compared to the previous schemes, the new scheme shifts its focus to ensuring the quality of education, particularly inclusive and equitable learning outcomes. The NEP 2020 further sets the country's vision of quality education for the future, with emphasis on strong foundational skills and learnability to equip the young with 21st century skills requirements, which range from foundational literacy and numeracy, exposure to vocational education at earlier grades, critical thinking, experiential learning, student-centered learning, and to socioemotional (soft) skills.

Aligned with the NEP 2020 vision, the proposed program will support the MOE's Samagra Shiksha, focusing on the selected five states: Assam, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand. The program aims to accelerate learning outcomes in primary and secondary education by assisting the five states to: (i) develop quality government schools as leader schools across each state; (ii) improve learning environments in schools with adequate facilities, resources, and required subject teachers; (iii) strengthen foundational learning for primary students; (iv) introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), vocational, and 21st century skills learning for secondary students; (v) create and adopt digital learning contents appropriate for local contexts and in local languages; (vi) enhance the capacity of teachers, principals, and local officers; (vii) establish the state's assessment cells for robust tracking of learning outcomes; and (vii) strengthen an integrated MIS for efficient management of the state educational system. The selected five states have varying types of ongoing learning interventions, many of which are at pilot stages. The proposed program will help the states to scale up successful interventions. It will also help the states to align core parts of the system toward coherent learning outcomes.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy India has been one of the fast-growing economies over the past decade, averaging the growth of 7% during 2012-2019. India is also undergoing a major demographic transformation. More than half of its 1.3 billion population are now under age 25. By 2026, India will have the world's largest and youthful working-age population (aged 15-59) with 900 million people. The Government of India is committed to capitalize on demographic dividend to become an advanced knowledge-based economy. The new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 recognizes that the government's ability to provide quality education for youth will shape the future of India. Therefore, the NEP 2020 aims to transform the India's education system that ensures equitable access to high-quality education for all learners, regardless of social and economic background.
Impact High-quality education provided to all for India's equitable and vibrant knowledge economy. (National Education Policy 2020
Outcome Education outcomes in primary and secondary schools improved in the five states
Outputs

Equitable access to quality government schools increased

Quality and relevance of learning improved

Capacity of teachers and school leaders enhanced

Management

of school education system strengthened

Geographical Location Assam, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services A transactional technical assistance (TA) attached to the program will support program implementation and institutional capacity development. The TA is estimated to cost $2.20 million, of which $2.00 million will be financed on a grant basis by one of the trust funds administered by ADB. The government will provide support in the form of counterpart staff, office space, workshop venues and facilitation, and other in-kind contributions. MOE will be the executing agency for the TA and the TA will be implemented over 3 years.
Procurement Not applicable
Responsible ADB Officer Lee, Sunhwa
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of School Education
Bikash Bhavan, 5th Floor, Saltlake, Kolkata-700091
Ministry of Education
SHASTRI BHAVAN,
(2) JEEVAN DEEP BUILDING, PARLIAMENT STREET &
(3) WEST BLOCK NO.1 & 2, R.K. PURAM,NEW DELHI - 110 001
Timetable
Concept Clearance 04 Dec 2020
Fact Finding 25 Jan 2021 to 09 Mar 2021
MRM 15 Jun 2021
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 30 Jun 2021

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