Cabinet nod for Rs 5,700cr WB project to boost edu

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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs 5,718-crore World Bank aided project for improving school education. The Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States or STARS scheme, will in sync with the National Education Policy 2020, focus on “quality based learning outcomes”.
Post the cabinet meeting, Union home minister Amit Shah tweeted, “Modi cabinet has approved the implementation of the STARS project worth Rs 5,718 crore. Aligned with the objectives of NEP, it will focus on quality based learning outcomes.”
Implementation of the STARS project will be with financial support of

the World Bank

amounting to $500 million (approximately Rs 3,700 crore). It would be implemented as a new centrally sponsored scheme under department of school education and literacy, ministry of education and will cover six states —

Himachal Pradesh

, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,

Kerala

and Odisha.
Shah also tweeted: “Breaking the orthodox barriers, Prime Minister @narendramodi govt’s STARS project will be based on learning with understanding. It will help improve the quality of education by providing capacity building exercises for the teachers and focusing on monitoring of the school education system.” STARS includes setting up and support to the National Assessment Centre, PARAKH as an independent and autonomous institution under MoE.
The identified states will be supported for various interventions for improving the quality of education. Besides this project, it is also envisaged to implement a similar Asian Development Bank funded project in five states — Gujarat, Tamil Nadu,

Uttarakhand

,

Jharkhand

and Assam. All states will partner with one other state for sharing their experiences and best practices.
Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union education minister, said: “In line with the goals of NEP 2020, STARS will train students in soft skills and STEM/ STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) related skills. This will revolutionise the educational kaleidoscope and result in enhanced employability of students.” The project envisions improving the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in selected states. The project shifts focus from the provision of inputs and maintaining of outputs to actual outcomes by linking the receipt and disbursement of funds to these outcomes.

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