PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs2.03 billion in the head of scholarships for female students to increase enrolment and minimize girls’ drop out in schools.

KP Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai shared that the programme will be implemented in 26 districts of the province and a total of 48,316 female students will benefit from it.

Shahram Tarakai said this is a great opportunity for those who cannot afford education and a chance for those who want to reach the higher ranks of success.

Sharing details of the enrolment programme, the minister said a monthly stipend of Rs200 would be paid to girls students studying in class 6 to 8, while those studying in class 9 and 10 will receive Rs500 on monthly basis.

Academic activities in schools have already resumed in 21 districts of KP from May 24 under the directions of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC). The NCOC had said on May 21 that schools in districts with less than five percent corona transmission rate would reopen from May 24.

As per the NCOC decision, all public and private educational institutions — primary, middle, and higher secondary schools — including cadet colleges, model schools, seminaries, academies, and tuition centers would function with strict observance of standard operating procedures (SOPs).

The districts where schools have reopened include Battagram, Buner, Chitral Lower, Chitral Upper, D I Khan, Hangu, Khyber, Kohistan Upper, Kohistan Lower, Kolai Palas, Karak, Kurram, Lakki Marwat, Mohmand, Malakand, Orakzai, Swat, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Tank and Tor Ghar.

Schools in rest of the districts of KP would reopen on June 07.

Earlier, the KP universities called upon the KP government to increase budget for higher education.

The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Associations (FAPUASA) KP chapter in its meeting called upon the provincial government to increase the budget for higher education to at least Rs150 billion to ensure smooth functioning of the universities.

The meeting urged the provincial government to fulfill its constitutional responsibility and take steps to set up Higher Education (HEC) Commission at the provincial level like Punjab and Sindh.

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