The government of Sindh has recently deprived high-achieving students of getting prize money. The government has brought an end to the project under which the high-achieving students from matric to intermediate levels were used to be awarded prize money.
On a per year basis, more than 30,000 students used to get the prize money by the government educational boards. As per the latest development, the budget of Rs1billion which was specifically allocated for this purpose has been cut down.
The decision of slashing the prize money fund was taken in protest of the insufficient release of funds by the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Under the Public Sector Development Programme, the fund was to be provided to the government of Sindh out of which Rs1lac, Rs2lac, and Rs3lac were to be awarded to the top 3 position holders both of matriculation and intermediate examinations.
Other than this is was earlier announced that the ones who get an A-1 grade at the matric and inter level would be given a cash prize of 25,000 rupees each.
Riazuddin Ahmed—the Universities and Boards Secretary while speaking on this matter said that it was not possible for the government of Sindh to issue the amount to the deserving students anymore owing to the lack of funds.
He added that the federal government has not yet released the allotted funds for the purpose, so how could the students be paid.
He further informed that a summary to issue prize money to the position holders has been forwarded to the Sindh Chief Minister, but it could not be said with clarity that would they be releasing the amount or not and the procedure could take up to 2 months.
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