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Punjab Education Foundation DCM reviews progress on educational programs

MD PEF Tariq MahmoodLahore : Punjab Education Foundation is the largest program of providing free educational facilities to the low income families so that they may improve the quality of life through this educational support. More than two million male and female students enrolled in the PEF sponsored schools across the Punjab are redoing their future through this facility. In this noble cause, the role of private school partners is very important and useful. Keeping in view their expanding role, the foundation has initiated different steps to help improve the overall educational standards. We are also committed to facilitate the school partners in their teachers capacity building so that budding students could be best developed as leaders of tomorrow.

Chairman PEF Engr. Qamar ul Islam Raja said this while addressing the District Coordination Meeting (DCM) of school partners at Faisal Auditorium, Punjab University on Wednesday. 857 school partners from 11 different districts, including Lahore, attended the meeting.
In his address, Mr. Raja said that different public private partnership based educational programs were being expanded regularly so as to further benefit the deserving students. In this regard, up-gradation of partner schools will be especially encouraged so that students could continue their education in higher classes.
He spoke at length about different beneficial reforms introduced by the foundation to ensure quality in school education, as well as bringing transparency and efficiency in the public private partnership based programs. Secondary level schooling will be encouraged, through different steps, so that students could continue their studies in higher education, as well. He maintained that administrative cost of PEF is less than five percent which is commendable.

The Chairman announced that boards’ position holder students will be fully felicitated; adding that data-base of NADRA will also be accessed to maintain PEF’s statistics fully transparent and error-free. Similarly, a scheme of providing one lakh interest free loan to the needy partners on PEF guarantee has also been envisaged so that these schools could develop themselves.

MD PEF Tariq Mahmood said that the instructions of the Punjab Government about schools security and eradication of Dengue should be followed in letter and spirit. The students should also educate the public about the menace of Dengue, he added. He told that a scheme of providing IT based monthly payments system to the school partners has been planned through the technical assistance provided by Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). He asked the partners to provide their books demand for next academic year by July 31 so that it could be processed well in time. Deputy MD (Ops.) Imran Yaqub and different Program Directors dilated on different aspects of PEF sponsored educational models.
On the occasion, school partners thanked the foundation for its continued support and technical assistance to the private sector partner schools.

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