Karachi: The Sindh education department has signed a three-year pact with a private telecommunication company to distribute stipends to 450,000 girl students studying in sixth to tenth grades.
The signing ceremony was attended by education minister Nisar Kuhro and Telenor officials at a local hotel on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Kuhro said from the month of August, a total of Rs1.2 billion will be distributed among 450,000 girl students from sixth till tenth grade through Easy Paisa, a mobile phone banking service offered by Telenor.
He said students in rural will receive Rs3,500 while those in urban in areas will receive Rs2,500 every year.
It was stated that the mobile phone banking service will transfer stipends to girl students in a transparent way while previously the money was sent by post and a number of parents complained about not receiving it.
Meanwhile in Karachi, many schools in Landhi, Korangi and Saddar Town have not received stipends for two years in a row, according to a report published earlier in The News.