Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project -UPSC

Ministry of Education, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), and World Bank have signed an
agreement for the financial support worth Rs 5718 crore towards the implementation of the
Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project.

About the Project:

STARS stands for Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS).
STARS project would be implemented as a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme under the
Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education.
It is a project to improve the quality and governance of school education in six Indian states.
● Six states are- Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, and
● Some 250 million students (between the age of 6 and 17) in 1.5 million schools, and over 10
million teachers will benefit from the program.
● The overall focus and components of the STARS project are aligned with the objectives of
National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 of Quality Based Learning Outcomes.
• The STARS project also aims to focus on initiatives of PM e-Vidya, Foundational Literacy and
Numeracy Mission and National Curricular and Pedagogical Framework for Early Childhood
Care and Education as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

Reform initiatives under the project include:

  1. Focusing more directly on the delivery of education services at the state, district and sub
    district levels by providing customized local-level solutions towards school improvement.
  2. Addressing demands from stakeholders, especially parents, for greater accountability and
    inclusion by producing better data to assess the quality of learning; giving special attention to
    students from vulnerable section.
  3. Equipping teachers to manage this transformation by recognizing that teachers are central to
    achieving better learning outcomes.

Investing more in developing India’s human capital needs by strengthening foundational
learning for children in classes 1 to 3 and preparing them with the cognitive, sociobehavioural and language skills to meet future labour market needs.

Unique components of the project:

Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC):
The project includes a Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC) under the National
The component which would enable it to be more responsive to any natural, man-made, and health
● It will help the government respond to situations leading to loss of learning such as school
closures/infrastructure damage, inadequate facilities, and use technology for facilitating
remote learning etc.
● The CERC component would facilitate the rapid re-categorization of financing and the
utilization of streamlined financing request procedures.
A major component of the project is the establishment of PARAKH (Performance Assessment,
Review and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development) as a National Assessment Centre.
● Included in the National Education Policy 2020, this autonomous institution under the Union
Education Ministry will set norms for student assessment and evaluation for all school boards
across the country, most of which currently follow norms set by State governments.
● It will also guide standardized testing to monitor learning outcomes at the State and national
levels, according to the NEP

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GS paper 4 click here

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