KARACHI – Showcasing the efforts of his department, Senior Minister for Education & Literacy Pir Mazharul Haq claimed on Saturday that around 10 per cent increase had been made in women literacy rate, and a 4 per cent in the overall literacy rate in the province.

He told the media that this growth in literacy was made possible because of the ruling PPP’s commitment to the sensitive subject of education.

The education minister said that girl students from grade six to ten were being given Rs2,500 per year, and Rs3,500 in some other districts to encourage women education.

The government, he averred, was also going to launch a programme, under which Rs1,000 would be given annually to girl students of primary schools. The minister said enrolment of 3 million students under Waseela-e-Taleem programme would leave a positive impact on the literacy rate.

He said that establishment of Teachers Development Authority, community colleges and campuses of universities in different talukas of Sindh were the present of the government and these institutions will provide quality education to the people. He added that 25 new colleges had been established while planning for establishing degree colleges in 73 talukas had also been made.

He said textbooks were also being given free of cost up to class XII.