33251-013: Distance Education Modernization (formerly Postsecondary Education Modernization)

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


The Project is directly aimed at human resource development with special attention provided to ensure wider equal access to poor students seeking postsecondary education opportunities. Special attention will be provided to qualified rural students through distance learning (including off-shore learning), computer learning technologies, and support for private education..

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Project will assist the Government to broaden and deepen opportunities in postsecondary education by making institutions more efficient and cost-effective. The Country Programming Update (2002) and Poverty Reduction in Sri Lanka Report (ADB 2002) suggest that propoor economic growth is central to poverty reduction. Infrastructure (roads, power, and ports) is important, but so are small or medium -sized enterprise development and policy reform to stimulate labor- intensive growth, especially in downsizing and improving the efficiency of the public sector. Social development supports these efforts by streamlining publicly financed social services, especially outside metro Colombo. A major improvement in access and relevance of tertiary training is required for upward social and economic mobility. Tertiary education contributes to poverty reduction by producing high-quality public servants and efficient managers for the private sector.


Increase socioeconomic growth to raise human development levels.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Develop distance education to expand postsecondary school enrollment to develop a modern, high-quality human resource base.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

DEPP established to increase educational opportunities. Consortium of public-private partnerships established to improve standards. OUSL (central and regional centers) upgraded.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement:
Indigenous Peoples:

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Efforts will be made to support plantation districts and social conflict areas where poverty is above average and people generally isolated from mainstream opportunities.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During Project Design

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, numerous stakeholders, public and private postsecondary institutes

During Project Implementation

Workshops, interview, site visits

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Loan 1999
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Others Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements


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