On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet passed its approval to the 5,718 crore rupees project financed by the World Bank to boost India’s education. The project aided by the World Bank aims to improvise the quality of school education.
The STARS (Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States) scheme is expected to focus on “quality-based learning outcomes.” The scheme will reportedly be in sync with the National Education Policy 2020.
After concluding the Cabinet meeting, 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 be focused on quality based learning outcomes.”
The STARS project will be implemented with the financial aid by the World Bank. The monetary aid will amount to almost $500 million. The project is determined to be executed under the department of school education and literacy, ministry of education. It will be enforced as a new centrally sponsored scheme and will cover six states- Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also tweeted, “Breaking the orthodox barriers, Prime Minister @narendramodi govt’s STARS project will be based on learning with understanding. It will help improving the quality of education by providing capacity building exercises for the teachers and focusing on monitoring of the school education system.”
The scheme also includes setting up and support to the National Assessment Centre, PARAKH as an independent autonomous institution under the MoE.
The six states will be assisted with several interventions for enhancing the excellence of schooling.
Apart from this, it is also predicted to implement a similar project which will be funded by the Asian Development Bank. This project will be implemented in five states- Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Assam. All of these states will partner with one other state to share their top experiences and activities.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said, “In line with the goals of the 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.”