Disbursement of stipend among girls from 29th: Khuhro

KARACHI: Senior Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has said that to enhance girls’ enrolment in schools, Government of Sindh is going to initiate a scheme to distribute Rs950 million amongst 3,50,000 girls this year through three different ways.

He announced this in a press conference held at office of a cell phone company here on Wednesday. He said that the scheme will be start from 29th January, 2016 in which the schoolgirls belonging to rural areas from class VI to X will receive Rs3500 while the schoolgirls who belong to urban areas would receive and amount of Rs2500. He said that the number of beneficiaries who belong to rural areas is 75000. However, the number of urban areas girls is 275000.

Khuhro, while announcing the method of receiving the payment, said the parents or guardians of girls enrolled in government schools can withdraw their stipend without paying any fee. He said this year government of Sindh is distributing stipend among girls through three different ways, SMS for those who have mobile numbers, those who have ATM cards can withdraw from their last year’s given ATM card with the same Pin code and those who don’t have ATM card and SMS will be given Pin Code mailer at their schools through allocating teams.

He hoped that the incentive would increase enrolment of girls and so that they can continue their education. He said last year about 3,44,160 girl students received their stipend.

Talking about the transparency in distributing cash among the girls, he said this time they have taken all necessary steps to ensure the zero corruption in this regard.

Minister said girls’ stipend is an incentive program launched by the Sindh government in 2006 to encourage girls to stay in schools. The purpose of the stipend is to make sure that girls move on to middle and secondary school instead of dropping out after completing primary schooling.

Replying to a question regarding teachers’ attendance, Khuhro said that presence of 190,000 teachers have already been verified under the biometric system.

School specific budget is also issued in which the department would provide furniture, boundary walls and other facilities to the schools. He said that they are trying their best to protect schools from terrorism activities.