KARACHI - The Sindh Education Department has decided that summer vacations will be observed in two months from July to August instead of June to July. It is also decided that the female students will be awarded scholarships to enhance literacy rate among women segment of the society. These decisions were taken in a meeting of Steering Committee of Sindh Education Department, held on Saturday. Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq presided over the meeting that was well attended by In-charge Secretary Education Wasim Ahmed Ursani, Chairman BIEK Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai, Director Private Schools Mansoob Siddiqui, DG Colleges Dr Nasir Ansar, Chairman Sindh Textbook Board Mushtaq Ahmed Shahani, EDOs of 30 districts, representatives from all public universities and nearly all higher officials of the education department. Talking to media after the meeting, Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar ul Haq said that all decisions were taken to facilitate people. He said that the monsoon weather largely affects people in July and August, while teachers training programme, sponsored by Canadian International Development Agency, will now be held in May and June, instead of June and July. He expressed serious concerns over the declining literacy rate among women in the interior Sindh, where people accustomed to stop sending their female students to schools after class five. The government made commitment to spread awareness among these people about the significance of education for female, he added. The government had decided to send scholarship worth Rs 2400 to each student through money order to stop misuse of funds, while in some parts of the province this scholarship is Rs 3600 to encourage students towards education. During the last three years, the government has increased rate of literacy among the said segment by seven per cent. The government is also ensuring the provision of free textbooks to poor students. Next time, elementary teachers will be employed instead of primary teachers, he said. PPI adds: Pir Mazhar further said that the steering committee set up a committee consisting on three senior officers of the education department including Acting Secretary Sindh Education Department Waeem Ursani, Director Private Institutions Sindh Mansoob Ahmed Siddqui and Chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), Prof Anwar Ahmed Zai to take on board all 'O and 'A level schools, regarding the steering committee decision. He said that the chairmen of the all educational boards of Karachi had assured him that they would complete examination process in the month of May. Earlier, the steering committee of Sindh education department discussed different issues including betterment of education system and teachers training programme arranged by CIDA and PITE.