ISLAMABAD:There is some good news for teachers in the capital and their children after a national education body planned to launch a three-year scholarship programme so that the deserving students and widows of teachers can continue their studies.
This was announced on Friday by a senior official of the National Education Foundation (NEF).
NEF Director General Rafiq Tahir told the APP that under the programme, they will disburse around Rs8 million from 2018 to 2021. The scholarships will be available to the deserving children of poor teachers employed by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) in the city.
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The scholarships are aimed at strengthening and improving the financial assistance to these teachers, Tahir said.
The scholarships are expected to be provided to around 849 students to support their studies. The scholarship can be availed by students studying at varying levels of education from schools to post-graduate level. As many as 60 widows also stand to benefit from the programme.
Tahir said that the NEF scholarship programme aims to promote welfare activities for children and widows of federal government teachers, providing scholarship and assistance to students and teachers in general, and to students and families of teachers in federal government institutions in particular.
He further emphasised that this activity shall be funded from the returns on the endowment fund of the Federal Teacher Foundation which was transferred on its merger with NEF. In this regard, the NEF has revised its eligibility criteria for need based-scholarships. The revised criteria will analyse financial assistance on the basis of monthly income, Tahir said.
Sharing the details of the programme, the NEF chief said that financial assistance will be analysed on the basis of monthly income of the child’s parents which should be less than Rs60,000 per month. Orphan children of deceased federal teachers, children of single parents (separated and divorced teachers), children of teachers in basic pay scale (BPS) grade-16 and below are eligible to apply for scholarships, Tahir said.