BISP determines to support needy deserving students: Abdul Jabbar

Staff Reporter :

QUETTA: The Director-General Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), Abdul Jabbar has said various programs launched to support needy and deserving students across Balochistan.

The DG BISP chaired an important meeting of the Provincial Coordination Committee (PCC) on Saturday and discussed the Waseela e Taaleem (WT) thoroughly.

WeT is a Conditional Cash Transfer program for primary school-going children. It was launched in 2012 in select districts but has been expanded to all the districts of the country since 2020. In the recent meeting of the BISP Board, it was decided to expand the program to secondary and higher secondary education.

In the PCC meeting, the Chairman commended the expansion of WeT to secondary and higher secondary education and said that it will help in the retention of children belonging to the poorest households in schools and colleges and their graduation from college will eventually result in the ending of the vicious cycle of poverty for their households and lead them to live a prosperous life. The enrollments in primary classes done over the last quarter (Q2-2021 i.e. April – June) by the Field Offices of the BISP Balochistan Region were discussed. The Chairman appreciated the participants on achieving the enrollment targets for Q2-2021 and expressed the opinion that the WeT program will assist the country in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 (achieving inclusive and quality education), which envisages that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030, therefore BISP field staff must put in all their efforts for achieving targets of enrollments for Q3-2021 i.e. July – September.

Furthermore, means to improve coordination between BISP and the Provincial Education Department for the smooth operation of the WeT program were discussed and it was decided that BISP field staff will conduct joint visits with representatives from the Education Department to schools to acquaint the officials/officers of the Education Department with the registration/enrollment and Attendance Compliance Monitoring (ACM) processes. The role of Compliance Monitors (CMs) and Waseela-e-Taleem District Coordinators (WDCs) was also discussed and the participants suggested ways for improving coordination amongst BISP staff.

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