Cabinet Approved the STARS Project.

The Union Cabinet approved the World Bank-supported Strengthening Teaching- Learning and Results for States (STARS) project on October 14, 2020 under the New Education Policy (NEP).  The project will be implemented as a centrally sponsored scheme under the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education.

The STARS project

STARS project is being started on the basis of partnership between India and the World Bank which was established in 1994. The project is being implemented to strengthen the education system of school and to provide education to all.  The World Bank has provided assistance of around 500 million for this project. The total cost of the project is Rs  5,718 crore. The project will be implemented under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.

Coverage

The STARS project be benefiting the six states including Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. It would be covering around 52% of children from government schools belonging to  Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other minority communities.

Benefits

The project seeks to improve  learning assessment systems and to strengthen the classroom instruction. It will further facilitate school-work transition to improve the labor market outcomes. The project would be helping students to prepare for future job by  tackling the learning outcome challenges.  It will also be ensuring that no child is stay suspended from their right to education. The project will also be helping the states in developing, implementing, evaluating & improving interventions to strengthen the governance and decentralise the management system.