GPOBA Education Program

The GPOBA Education Program improves educational opportunities for 8,040 underprivileged and disadvantaged secondary school students in Vietnam by reducing the cost of public and private secondary education through tuition subsidies tied to student attendance, behavior, and academic performance.

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
FinancingEast Meets West FoundationUpper secondary

Location Data

Bac Giang, Bac Kan, Phu Tho, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Thai BinhPeri-Urban, Rural, Urban

EMW’s GPOBA Education Program is funded by the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) and is administered by the World Bank. It is the first program to use an output-based aid approach in education in Vietnam. Selected schools are incentivized to actively reach out to disadvantaged students through receiving tuition subsidies from EMW GPOBA. Schools pre-finance the tuition fees for each participating student, and at the end of each school term, the school completes a Term Report and forwards a record of student results to EMW and GPOBA, as well as a request for tuition subsidy disbursement. Before the tuition subsidy is disbursed, an Independent Verification Agent (IVA), contracted by GPOBA, audits a sample of schools and student results, and verifies that the request is correct. Only after meeting the audit criteria is the disbursement made to the participating schools. The schools that EMW GPOBA selects to be a part of the program are private, semi-public schools, or public schools with private fee paying students. These schools are selected because their fees are twice as high as public schools, and are therefore unaffordable to the poor.

To participate in the program, students must have passed ninth grade, come from a disadvantaged background (economically disadvantaged, ethnic minority background, disabled, Agent Orange victim, or orphaned), and have a record of good behavior at school. To remain a beneficiary of the program and for their school to be eligible for the tuition subsidy as mentioned above, the student must meet GPOBA criteria each term. These include a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), regular attendance, and good behavior. Participating schools are therefore required to keep records of the GPOBA program students’ grades, attendance and behavior for each term. Schools must also ensure that final term exams are graded on an anonymous basis, to prevent grading bias towards students participating in the program.

To assist schools with program implementation, EMW has partnered with Study Promotion Associations (SPAs) in each province. SPAs are government, not-for-profit organizations that work to improve education in Vietnam. EMW and SPAs provide training to schools, and work together to identify students for enrollment in the program (SPAs also work the Department of Education to select schools for the program).

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