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Kingdom of Lesotho: Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, Prioritization, and Cost Matrix

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International Monetary Fund
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April 2006
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PRIORITISED IMPLEMENTATION MATRIX FOR THE POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY PAPER, 2004/5 TO 2006/7

PRSP NATIONAL PRIORITY SIX: IMPROVE QUALITY AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION
OBJECTIVESSTRATEGIESACTIVITIESSTRATEGY RANKING WITHIN THE PRIORITY*STRATEGY RANKING WITHIN THE OBJECTIVE
6.1 Expand and promote Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD).6.1.1 Improve the quality and access of ECCD Programmes6.1.1.1 Facilitate approval and implementation of the ECCD policy.41
6.1.1.2 Provide structures, staffing, guidelines and standards for an effective nationwide ECCD programme.
6.1.1.3. Implement in-service and pre-service training for certification of ECCD Teachers
6.1.1.4 Organise periodic workshops for ECCD Teachers focusing on critical cross cutting issues (e.g. children’s rights, nutrition, Health and HIV/AIDS).
6.1.1.5. Provide necessary infrastructure and equipment for ECCD programme.
6.1.2 Improve the capacity of ECCD Department through training and staffing6.1.2.1. Create and fill necessary positions in the ECCD Department73
6.1.3 Expand home based (HB) approach to ECCD countrywide.6.1.3.1 Hold parents/community awareness on the HB approach.22
6.1.3.2 Conduct workshops follow up visits, etc. to monitor the HB approach.
6.1.3.3 Develop or purchase relevant and inclusive teaching/ learning materials.
6.1.3.4 Conduct study on the number of children with disabilities and ensure their integration into the HB programme.
6.2. Ensure that all children have access to and complete quality basic and secondary education6.2.1. Conduct community campaigns on Education For All6.2.1.1 Mobilise community campaigns in each district to promote 100% enrolment of school going children and their retention.13
6.2.2 Increase the number of schools/classrooms and laboratories where there is need and expand existing ones.6.2.2.1 Develop a geographical information map to identify school catchments and gaps in an effort to assess need for schools and/or classrooms.14
6.2.2.2 Construct new classrooms and/or schools and renovate existing ones in accordance with HIV AND AIDS impact assessment.
6.2.2.3 Provide additional laboratories and equipment.
6.2.3 Expand the Free Primary Education (FPE) to Universal Basic Education (UBE).6.2.3.1 Formulate the UBE policy in consultation with the critical stakeholders.11
6.2.3.2 Legislate and enforce the UBE policy.
6.2.3.3 Expand bursary scheme at secondary level.
6.2.3.4 Make FPE compulsory and study the financial implications of expanding FPE to Universal Basic Education.
6.2.4 Identify and reduce non-fee (tuition and books) barriers to access6.2.4.1 Identify non fee barriers to accessing FPE12
6.2.4.2 Investigate stakeholders’ view in removing identified barriers.
6.2.5 Reduce the high rate of repetition and drop out.6.2.5.1 Undertake a study on the causes of the high repetition and drop out rates.36
6.2.5.2 Develop, in consultation with stakeholders, and disseminate the policy to curb the high repetition and drop out rates.
6.2.5.3 Explore ways of harmonizing initiation schools and formal education school holidays
6.3 Improve relevance and quality in basic and secondary education6.3.1 Build the capacity of personnel6.3.1.3 Complete the HIV AND AIDS impact assessment and train principals, schools boards, etc on HIV AND AIDS, gender, nutrition and all other relevant cross - cutting issues47
6.3.1.2 Train advisers, inspectors of schools and teachers to enhance their skills.
6.3.1.3 Complete the HIV AND AIDS impact assessment and train principals, schools boards, etc on HIV AND AIDS, gender, nutrition and all other relevant cross - cutting issues
6.3.2 Review the curriculum to respond to evolving socio - economic and demographic realities.6.3.2.1 Revise the school curricula to ensure basic literacy and numeracy skills.58
6.3.2.2 Include critical cross - cutting issues in the curricula (e.g. HIV AND AIDS)
6.3.2.3 Introduce/strengthen technical and vocational subjects in senior secondary schools.
6.3.3 Improve teacher: pupil ratios6.3.3.1 Undertake training of new teachers in accordance with HIV AND AIDS impact assessment.45
6.3.3.2 Develop sector-specific policy for VCT and ARV
6.3.3.3 Introduce anonymous voluntary testing
6.3.3.4 Review and improve mountain allowance
6.3.3.5 Create better incentive schemes for long service
6.4 Develop and expand TVET to cater for the economic needs of the country6.4.1 Increase access to TVET6.4.1.1 Construct new TVET schools in Qacha’s Nek, Mokhotlong and Butha - Buthe and additional classrooms in existing TVET institutions.11
6.4.1.2. Develop gender and HIV and AIDS policies for TVET institutions.
6.4.1.3 Advocate against gender misconceptions in enrolment to TVET programmes.
6.4.1.4 Make the curricula and instructional materials in the TVET programmes sensitive to gender, HIV and AIDS and other cross - cutting issues.
6.4.2 Improve the quality of TVET programmes to ensure excellence and achievement of trainees6.4.2.1 Develop curricula and models of assessment for existing TVET programmes52
6.4.2.2 Provide relevant instructional and training materials for TVET programmes.
6.4.2.3 Provide advisory services to train teachers and instructors
6.4.2.4 Undertake regular supervision and inspection of the TVET institutions
6.4.3 Diversify and expand training to respond to economic needs (e.g. production, marketing and entrepreneurship)6.4.3.1 Review training programmes regularly to respond to production, marketing and entrepreneurship needs.23
6.4.3.2 Infuse entrepreneurship in TVET programmes as a strategy to promote self-employment.
6.4.3.3 Introduce apprenticeship and strengthen informal sector programmes.
6.4.3.4 Develop and implement occupational safety programmes.
6.5 Strengthen non formal education programmes.6.5.1 Promote access to non-formal educational programmes.6.5.1.1 Complete the NFE policy11
6.5.1.2 Hold country-wide sensitisation workshops on the importance of non formal education.
6.5.1.3 Recruit and train teachers for the NFE programmes, (e.g. retired teachers).
6.5.1.4 Provide teaching facilities for NFE where there is a need.
6.5.1.5 Revise curricula for non formal education to include critical life and functional skills.
6.5.1.6 Develop free-of-charge comprehensive programmes for herd boys, young drop outs and illiterate adults.
6.6 Increase access to and quality of tertiary education6.6.1 Expand existing institutions to increase enrolment6.6.1.1 Review courses offered at the University to bring them in line with national priorities.51
6.6.1.2 Revise and implement the tertiary education curricula and programmes to give more emphasis on science and technology and to provide skills and competencies that are employment-related.
6.6.1.3 Develop and implement a plan to upgrade and expand institutions of higher learning.
6.6.1.4 Reform the National Manpower Development Secretariat and resuscitate the National Manpower Development Council with a view to improve loans recovery mechanisms and administer scholarships in accordance with national priorities.
6.6.1.5 Strengthen negotiations under Joint Bilateral Corporation Commission in relation to education subsidies.
6.7 Promote Culture and national values6.7.1 Promote Basotho arts and culture and empower the Sesotho language.6.7.1.1 Facilitate approval of the Cultural policy framework.12
6.7.1.2 Establish cultural industries nationwide.
6.7.1.3 Sensitise local communities about the need for income generating activities on cultural industries.
6.7.1.4 Protect cultural heritage sites and preserve existing natural areas
6.7.1.5 Revive the Sesotho Academy
6.7.1.6 Translate the constitution and legislation into Sesotho.

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