Uzbekistan: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Secondary Education Project

Sovereign Project | 54031-001

1. Output 1: Quality of STEM education with support of technology improved. This output will support (i) pilot testing of interdisciplinary STEM classes for grades 5-11, (ii) strengthening curriculum of STEM subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, informatics and mathematics) with EdTech, (iii) upgrading e-platforms for providing pre- and in-service teacher training, (iv) updating national assessment on STEM subjects aligned with the competency-based curriculum standards, (v) improving school-based assessment in STEM subjects, (vi) designing and implementing a special arrangement of recruitment and placement of additional STEM teachers, (viii) designing and mobilizing an incentive scheme for increased girls enrollment in STEM subjects, and (viii) strengthening e-learning and training platform such as Maktab.uz.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Tajima, Eisuke
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country
    Uzbekistan
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Secondary Education Project
Project Number 54031-001
Country Uzbekistan
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Secondary Education Investment in STEM Project
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 100.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education / Education sector development - Secondary

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

1. Output 1: Quality of STEM education with support of technology improved. This output will support (i) pilot testing of interdisciplinary STEM classes for grades 5-11, (ii) strengthening curriculum of STEM subjects (physics, chemistry, biology, geography, informatics and mathematics) with EdTech, (iii) upgrading e-platforms for providing pre- and in-service teacher training, (iv) updating national assessment on STEM subjects aligned with the competency-based curriculum standards, (v) improving school-based assessment in STEM subjects, (vi) designing and implementing a special arrangement of recruitment and placement of additional STEM teachers, (viii) designing and mobilizing an incentive scheme for increased girls enrollment in STEM subjects, and (viii) strengthening e-learning and training platform such as Maktab.uz.

2. Output 2: Learning environments improved. This output will support (i) upgrading, science laboratories and ICT facilities in 200 schools and pre- and in-service teacher training institutes; (ii) rehabilitating selected schools with energy efficient, disaster resilient features, and with improved WASH facilities; (ii) upgrading teaching and learning equipment and (iii) strengthening internet connection in the schools.

3. Output 3: Sector management strengthened with expanded partnership. This output will support (i) establishing STEM center with private sector engagement, and developing operational mechanism with the private sector, the academe and civil society organizations in promoting STEM in secondary education, (ii) developing the STEM network where the 200 specialized schools support disadvantaged schools in each district, (iii) strengthening the Public Education Management Information System, and (iv) mainstreaming e-procurement and e-financial management.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy Uzbekistan has achieved high school enrollment rates. The 2020 school gross enrollment reached 97% for secondary level with gender parity. Despite good enrollment, the overall learning achievement appears to be low, especially in the critical thinking and problem-solving domains. Learning outcome achievement in primary education is worrisome with more than a third of students scoring below minimum standard in reading, mathematics, and science. Furthermore, a significant gap in learning outcome exists between urban and rural schools, and within and among individual schools. Recent qualitative studies indicate similarly low achievement and school quality in the secondary level grades, particularly among science, mathematics, and informatics, especially in rural areas.
Impact Human capital strengthened for increasing the level of country's competitiveness
Outcome Secondary education students equipped with relevant skills that enable them to succeed in a technology driven, knowledge-based economy
Outputs Quality of learning and teaching in STEM education with support of technology improved
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Tajima, Eisuke
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Public Education
Mustakilik Maidony, 5
Tashkent 700078
Republic of Uzbekistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance 29 Sep 2021
Fact Finding 23 Jan 2020 to 23 Jan 2020
MRM 06 Mar 2020
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 04 Oct 2021

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