The World Bank has recently approved a $500 million loan for India in a bid to revamp the quality and governance of its education sector across 15 lakh schools in six Indian states. Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program, or the project STARS, will be instrumental in improving learning assessment system through the flagship program Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
Children aged between 6 to 17 will directly avail the benefits of the scheme in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Himachal Prades, Odisha and Rajasthan.
“STARS will help improve learning assessment systems, strengthen classroom instruction and remediation, facilitate school-to-work transition and strengthen governance and decentralised management,” read statement provided by the World Bank.
STARS will significantly help in deployment of new teachers and bringing about quality education at the local levels. India’s renewed emphasis in handling the challenge of ‘learning outcome’ that was falling below par besides improving employability of students will be addressed by STARS. The program will reach out to about 10 million teachers besides reinforcing a decentralised management system in schools and generating smooth school-to-work transition for students. Over the years, with active support from World Bank, India has been able to improve access to education and learning resources.
“The program will support individualised, needs-based training for teachers that will give them an opportunity to have a say in shaping training programs and making them relevant to their teaching needs,” further added World Bank.
Furthermore, the Bank will strengthen resources in providing customised educational solutions at the state, district and sub-district levels.