Cabinet approves STARS scheme under NEP 2020 to strengthen school education system

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the implementation of the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) project with a total project cost of Rs 5718 crore with World Bank support amounting to approximately Rs. 3700 crore.

The STARS project would be implemented as a centrally sponsored scheme under the education ministry’s department of school education and literacy and would involve setting up of a National Assessment Centre, PARAKH as an independent and autonomous institution.

The STARS project also includes a Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC). 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.

The project covers 6 States namely Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha. The identified states will be supported by various interventions for improving the quality of education. 

Besides this project, it is also envisaged to implement a similar ADB funded project in 5 states namely Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam. All states will partner with one other state for sharing their experiences and best practice, an official statement said.