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Secondary Education Support Project

sector: Education | country: Nepal

Design flexibility, accommodating changes for better alignment with emerging development objectives, improved implementation and contributed to reaching the desired results. Clear and precise documentation regarding when and what changed, and how the project goal, outcomes, and output were revised and embedded in new modalities, should be a critical element of this mind set.

Benchmarking education quality reforms with international and regional best practices, is important and could have contributed to strengthened reforms.

The dependence of reforms on proposed legal provisions should be analyzed. Both the development of the national curriculum framework and the decentralization of education could not be implemented fully because the legal provisions were not in place.

Deliberately designing stakeholder participation and public debates on education policy reforms could have benefited implementation. The lack of broader stakeholder participation, particularly in the districts, risks losing ownership by implementing agencies.

In the case of pool funding, efforts should be made to continue collaboration until the end, including a joint evaluation, to identify joint lessons and to maximize use of resources.

Developing an indicator to measure quality improvements during the life of the project could have assisted in focusing the quality improvement interventions. A national assessment of student achievement using international standards is part of the school sector reform program. Grades 3, 5, and 8 will be assessed.

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