India Approves STARS Project to boost education, World Bank to assist

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a World Bank-supported ‘STARS’ project that will support States including Odisha in terms of education.

The World Bank-supported programme known as Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) was approved at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informed Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar.

This project will be implemented as a new centrally-sponsored scheme under the Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Education.

The 6 states that are covered are Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha.

The cost of this project is going to be Rs 5,718 crore with the financial support of the World Bank amounting to $500 million, said the Centre.

The project seeks to support States as far as developing, implementing, evaluating and improving interventions with direct linkages to improved education outcomes and school-to-work transition strategies for improved labour market outcomes.

The goal will be to increase fundamental literacy and numeracy among children of 3 to 8 years of age among others. Javadekar said that the main idea behind the project is “learning outcomes”.