Distribution of Stipend to Girl Students
Under Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme, Government of Punjab is implementing an activity that offers cash stipends to girls of grades (6-10) of government schools in selected districts with the objectives of improving enrollment, increasing retention, reducing gender disparities and enhancing female prestige. During FY 2013-14, the program distributed stipends worth Rs.1.5 billion to 411,000 girls enrolled in grades 6-10 in government schools in 16 out of 36 districts of Punjab namely Bahawalnagar, Bahwalpur, Bhakkar, Chinniot, DGkhan, Jhang, Kasur, Khanewal, Layyah, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Okara, Pakpattan, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Vehari. The beneficiary girls are given Rs. 2,400 per year, in four equal quarterly payments subject to the condition of 80% attendance rate during the period. The stipend program is being administered through district education administrations and delivered through government postal service system.
A pilot activity of the supplemental stipend pilot project (Phase-I) was started in 68 selected schools from April, 2013 for disbursement increased stipend. The incentive package for supplemental stipend Phase-I programme is to increase the stipend from Rs.600 to Rs.900 for girls in grades 6-8, and Rs.600 to Rs.1200 for girls in grades 9-10. For Phase-I, 68 schools were selected by World Bank across six tehsils (Darya Khan, KallurKot, Mankera, Kasur, KotRadhaKishan, and Chunian) in two stipend districts i.e. Bhakkar and Kasur.
During FY 2014-15, another pilot of Supplemental stipends Pilot Project Phase-II has been started to (i) increase school transitions of girls from primary schools to middle schools and from middle schools to secondary schools, and (ii) increase retention in grades 6-10. SSPP-II has been implemented in 18 tehsils of 6 districts, namely DG Khan, KotChuta and Taunsa in DG Khan; Chaubara, Karor Lalisan and Layyah in Layyah; DunyaPur, KarorPacca and Lodhran in Lodhran; Alipur, Jatoi and Muzaffargarh in Muzaffargarh; Khanpur, Rahimyar Khan and Sadiqabad in Rahimyar Khan; and Jampur, Rajanpur and Rojhan in Rajanpur. Under SSPP-II, 659 rural government schools in around 3600 mauzas have been categorized into three groups (“Treatment I – 143 schools”, “Treatment II – 155 schools” and “Control – 361 schools”). The following increased incentive packages are being offered to beneficiary girls in grades 6-10 in each of these groups: Treatment I: (i) Girls in grades 6-8 will receive Rs. 900 per quarter based on 80% attendance (ii) Girls in grades 9-10 will receive Rs. 1200 per quarter based on 80% attendance. Treatment II: (i) Girls in grades 6-8 will receive Rs. 900 per quarter based on 80% attendance (ii) Girls in grade 9-10 receive Rs. 2400 upon progression to this grade based on 80% attendance in the first quarter of the school year + Rs. 1200 per quarter based on 80% attendance. Control: Girls in grades 6-10will receive Rs. 600 per quarter based on 80% attendance. This is the same benefit structure as in the original stipends program.
Branchless banking pilot project (BBPP) is started to switching over the delivery mechanism from post office to branchless banking in 3 selected districts i.e. Muzaffargarh, Okara and Khanewal covering 23,000 girl students approximately in 44 selected schools. 5 quarters have been distributed under BBPP. The BBPP has been completed.