Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP) with Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

1.1    The Government of Uganda (GOU) signed the US$100 million grant agreement with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on August 19, 2014. The grant is to be used for the implementation of the Uganda Teacher and School Effectiveness Project (UTSEP) as support towards implementation of the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP).

1.2    The World Bank is acting as the supervising entity for the grant. At the national level, project implementation is the responsibility of Government, mainstreamed in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MoESTS) through Basic Education & Teacher Education Departments, Directorate of Education Standards (DES), the Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB), the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC), Instructional Materials Unit (IMU) and Construction Management Unit (CMU), under the coordination of the Department of Education Planning & Policy Analysis that also houses the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. The districts are charged with implementation of the construction sub-component under component 2; while school management will take charge of ensuring the instructional practices improve at the school level consistent with training programs that are to be provided to teachers and school management teams.

1.3    The Results Based Financing (RBF) model is being used under this project, based on Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs) drawing from the broader Results Framework (RF) of the project. The project commenced on 15th August 2014, became effective on 24th March 2015 and is expected to close by 30th June 2018. As per financing agreement, the year zero DLI targets (15th August 2014 - 30th April 2015) were agreed upon and satisfactory completion would trigger release of funds for components one and two of the project.

1.4    This report presents the progress made on Disbursement Linked Indicators for year zero.

The Project Development Objective is to support the Government in improving teacher and school effectiveness in the public primary education system. This will be implemented through:

i.    Component 1 (Effective Teachers): Improving teacher quality and performance with specific reference to instructional practices for early grade reading use of instructional materials in teaching, and presence in school.

ii.    Component 2 (Effective Schools): Improving the school environment in the form of enhanced school management, accountability, and learning conditions including school facilities (classrooms, offices, water and sanitation facilities, teacher housing).
iii.    Component 3 (Technical Assistance and Capacity Building): Financing advisory, technical, monitoring and evaluation, implementation, and capacity-building support on the level of the education system.

2.1     Project Beneficiaries

The 3 year project is expected to benefit the following:

Approximately 8,100,000 pupils from new textbooks;

1,000,000 pupils from improved teacher effectiveness in early grade reading teaching;

112,000 pupils from new classrooms;

80,000 pupils from trained childhood caregivers;

Approximately 20,800 teachers in primary schools trained in teaching early grade reading, improved in-service tutoring, early childhood education, and school leadership.

8,000 school management committee members and Headteachers trained in school management and accountability;

Parents and communities with children in schools covered under the program are to indirectly benefit from higher quality education, greater information and enhanced voice in school management; and,

Staff in the Ministry of Education and Sports as well as district staff managing teachers and education service delivery to be trained.