Under the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States (STARS) scheme to strengthen the school education system in India.
Implementing the STARS scheme as a centrally sponsored project, it’ll be guided by an independent institution, PARAKH with a total project cost of Rs 5718 crore, supported by World Bank. This project covers six Indian states, including Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha, to improve the quality of education.
The STARS project, which was approved by the Cabinet today, strengthens our efforts to transform the education sector and improve the quality of learning. https://t.co/HaJJVI72t5
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 14, 2020
The STARS project also has a Contingency Emergency Response Component (CERC), helps the government to respond to situations that can lead to loss of learning like school closure, infrastructure damage and inadequate facilities.
Working towards strengthening early childhood education, classroom instruction and vocational education, the STARS project will also focus on improving learning assessment systems and remediation through teacher development.
Few of the measurable outcomes of the STARS project are increase in students achieving minimum proficiency in grade 3 language, improvement in secondary school completion rate and improvement in governance index scores, among others.