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Education Reform Project

The World Bank helps to implement educational reforms in Moldova


The Moldova Education Reform Project will support the Government‘s reform program in education sector over the next five years. The project beneficiaries include present and future students of Moldova, teachers, school directors and Moldovan economy as a whole.

A better educated workforce will help Moldova create jobs, foster thriving business environment, and attract investments, which would in turn help raise the standards and quality of life for Moldova’s citizens.

Since its independence in the 1990s, the education sector in Moldova has constantly suffered from a lack of efficiency and declining education quality. Moldova’s performance in international assessments illustrates the quality challenges the system currently faces. The results of PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) 2009 Plus show that the performance of the country’s 15-year-olds in reading, math, and science is among the lowest in Europe. Around 60 percent of Moldova´s 15-year-olds lack the basic levels of proficiency in reading and math literacy, needed to participate effectively and productively in the society. These results show the urge to continue, consolidate and extend reforms in education.

The Education Sector Reform Project will finance reforms in four main areas: implementation of quality assurance standards for receiving schools; establishment of teachers’ and school directors’ training and remuneration programs; improvement in student assessment systems and improvement in the quality of data and management systems.

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