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PM to launch Ehsaas scholarship for primary school children

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday will launch Ehsaas Taleemi-Wazaef’ for primary school children under the Waseela-e-Taleem programme, which will aid 2 million children nationwide.

The above was stated by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Special Initiatives Dr Sania Nisthar, who in a media briefing, said that Rs8 billion have been allocated this year for the programme.

The welfare scheme will provide stipends of Rs1,500 for boys and Rs2,000 for girls who attain 70 per cent attendance in school.

She added that this is now a paperless system run completely on locally developed apps. Furthermore, the removal of non-government organisations from the operation brought the running costs down as well, she added.

In the past, the programme encountered a number of challenges, namely high administrative cost, weak compliance monitoring system, low stipend amount and high error rates, and fraud due to a paper-based approach.

Pakistan currently has 19.1 million out-of-school children in the country and it is hoped that such programmes will reduce that number and improve literacy.