The government is all set to distribute scholarship quotas to 6,000 more secondary-level students who come from poor background across the country. The scholarships will be given from the next academic session.
The government, with help from the Japanese government, distributed 6,000 scholarship quotas targeting poor students of the primary level across the country the current session.
The government has taken the move after it found out that the dropout rate decreased with the scholarship-distribution campaign.
The Japanese government has provided assistance for the campaign through the World Bank.
The World Bank is providing Rs. 2,400 to each student of grade eight per month as part of the campaign.
Director at the Western Regional Education Office Babu Ram Poudel said 6,000 students of grade nine will be provided scholarship amount of Rs. 3,000 each a month.
He added that the government continues to provide scholarship to students of the eighth grade.
Poudel, along with a representative of the World Bank, has visited the district to inspect the programme.
"Those children who quit schools due to poverty will benefit from the programme," he said.
A total of 327 students have availed of the programme in the district so far.
A guardian, Purna Bahadur Risal of Paiyunpata, said he is happy as his son has joined school. "Had there not been help, my son would have been forced to work as a labourer," he said.
Poudel said the government is also planning to launch a programme to provide facilities such as drinking water and toilets targeting those parents whose children have been given scholarship facilities.
(Source: The Kathmandu Post)