Lahore: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has increased the monthly grant of its partner schools. This increase has come into effect from this month. According to the revised schedule of payments, the Foundation will now pay to its partners @ Rs. 450 to elementary, Rs. 500 to matric (arts), Rs. 600 to matric (science), Rs. 700 to higher secondary (arts) and Rs. 900 to higher secondary (science) students. It is expected that this increase will help the partners to further improve their quality of education.
Managing Director Punjab Education Foundation, Nawazish Ali stated this while addressing the district coordination meeting of various schools attached with the PEF under its Foundation Assisted School (FAS) Program at a local hotel on Sunday. The DCM was largely attended by school owners and teachers from the districts of Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad. Addressing the DCM, PEF-MD said that a five year expansion plan has been chalked-out to accommodate maximum number of out of school children aged 6 to 16 years. Under this plan, 200 news schools will be partnered under FAS program during the current fiscal year alone besides giving educational vouchers to 50 thousand most deserving children who otherwise cannot go to schools because of lack of various socio-economic resources or unsupportive cultural norms that still hinder girls’ education in our society. He expressed the satisfaction that PEF was doing a remarkable job by serving the ‘un-served’ communities and added that international donors have reposed their full confidence over the exemplary performance of the Foundation in the field of school education. UK’s DFID will provide 70 million pounds aid to the PEF to educate the out of school children during the next five years. It is expected that this grant will help to educate a total of 4 million children, he added.
PEF-MD further told that a policy has been devised to encourage and facilitate the partners showing exemplary performance and said that such partner schools will be rewarded in shape of incentives so that they feel encouraged. He hoped that this policy will ultimately benefit students the most.
PEF-MD Nawazish Ali eulogized the education sector reforms of the Punjab Government as these reforms have benefitted the students’ community in a number of ways. Even the international community and donor agencies have appreciated the educational roadmap of the Punjab Government, he added.
Earlier, PEF Director (FAS) Nadeem Masood presented the address of welcome and gave a presentation about the plan of education of out of school children through PEF-partner schools. Later, PEF-MD Nawazish Ali distributed cheques worth Rs. 2 lakh and 15 thousand among FAS partners and students showing good result in PEC exams.