An agreement is signed by the Education Ministry with the World Bank and the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA). It was aimed at gaining financial support for implementing an educational venture.
The project which promotes education in state schools and colleges is named Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS). The Rs 5,718 crore project will be introduced under the Education Ministry, Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL).
The states covered in the STARS project will get technical support to advance the teaching methods in schools and colleges. Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Odisha are the six states covered in the initiative of the Education Ministry.
The project is implemented under the ‘Samagra Shiksha’ scheme of the government. One of its roles will be to improve the measurement and monitoring activities in the educational institutions. The project will be launched through the integrated State Implementation Society (SIS) for Samagra Shiksha.
The World Bank’s Program for Results (PforR) will support the STARS project. The states will be encouraged through incentives to meet the desired goal. State Incentive Grant (SIG) is framed for the same. The states will be thoroughly analyzed on the quality of their education system. Keeping this in mind, incentives will be distributed.
Various recommendations of the National Education Policy 2020 like Improving Learning assessment System, Teacher Development, Vocational Education, introducing ICT enabled approaches in education, and strengthening Early Childhood education and Foundational Learning. STARS project aims to work towards the implementation of these recommendations.