Strengthening Education System Sector Development Program

Project Overview

Project Title Strengthening Education System Sector Development Program
Project Number 46537-002
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(USD) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End July 28, 2015–December 31, 2018
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(USD) 22.000.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Not Assigned

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • W. Zhang (Vice-President),
  • K. Gerhaeusser, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) (Director General)
  • B. Wilkinson, CWRD (Director),
  • J. Asanova, CWRD (Team Leader).
Beneficiary Ministry of Education and Science

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The program supports the Government’s Education Development Strategy (EDS) 2012-2020. It will support key policy reform actions to strengthen education in the Kyrgyz Republic, and finance investments that directly link to and support delivery of those policy actions and ensure they are effectively put into operation. Project’s components will address key priorities related to quality and relevance, access to education, and sector management. Policy actions will be applied nationwide and the project grant will also focus on selected innovative schools to leverage maximum impact at the school level.

The project objective is to improve human resources development for competitiveness of the Kyrgyz Republic. The outcome will be enhanced quality, equity, and efficiency in public education.

Project Objectives
  • To approve the National Curriculum Framework that emphasizes building skills and competencies.
  • To review and improve distribution of textbooks to schools.
  • To revise guidelines for textbook development, evaluation, publishing and distribution.
  • To develop and implement a communication and advocacy campaign in support of the TRS.
  • To approve a regulation on TRS and commence an initial phase of the textbook rental scheme.
  • To secure a steady budget allocation of at least Som 120 million per fiscal year by the government for textbook provision.
  • To approve a National Teacher Development Program (NTDP) to define strategies and guideline for teacher management, continuous professional development (CPD), teacher performance appraisal, new certification requirements for teachers, and certification of teacher training providers.
  • To include a teacher ranking and progression system with differentiated salary linked to teacher professional standards.
  • To include an in-service teacher training plan in the Action Plan 2015-2017 to implement EDS 2012-2020.
  • To develop, approve, and implement a training plan for school principals, deputy principals, district education officers, and staff of the teacher training institutes.
  • To update relevant regulations on in-service teacher training in line with NTDP.
  • To recognize the innovative schools as learning sites for math, science and technology, and as cluster schools for teacher training and to serve neighboring school networks.
  • To amend existing regulatory acts to allow innovative schools to (a) enrich curriculum and have instructional autonomy in adapting curriculum and delivery methods to meet the national curriculum objectives, and (b) have additional funding to carry out cluster-based teacher training and for operation and maintenance to maintain science labs and equipment based on a revised per capita financing formula.
  • To develop, approve and introduce minimum service standards for school performance in 30 selected innovative schools.
  • To prepare a 10-year action plan for development of innovative schools.
  • To develop and ensure use of a guidance manual for improved functioning of School Boards of Trustees.
Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

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The project consisted of two components:

The program component

This component includes: (i) creation of an independent curriculum and textbooks review mechanism in MOES by establishing a consultative council; (ii) approval of quality assurance standards and accreditation system for pedagogy programs; (iii) regulations for delivery of MA/MS program in pedagogy in universities; (iv) defining e-education standards for institutions providing distance education option to students; (v) establishing a school development fund to rehabilitate selected schools; and (vi) strengthening community participation in schools.


The investment component

The component aims at imprivng the qulity of education, including support for: (i) full implementation of curricula developed under the SEP; (ii) development and printing of LTMs for grades 7 9 and teacher training for the new curriculum; (iii) strengthened pre- and in-service teacher training systems; (iv) improved learning environment in selected innovative resource schools through showcasing of reforms and provision of additional infrastructure; (v) support for a Bologna process compliant quality assurance system for pedagogical programs; (vi) improved community participation in schools; and (vii) consultancy services, studies, surveys, and stakeholder consultation workshops.

Project Results
  • Quality of curriculum and teaching learning materials improved.
  • Quality of teachers and in-service teacher training improved.
  • Access to quality education through innovative schools improved.
  • Sector and project management improved.

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