PEF to allow low-cost private schools partnering foundation under education voucher scheme

LAHORE: The Punjab Education Foundation PEF has decided to allow the low-cost private schools, partnering with the foundation under its education voucher scheme, with respect to identification of deserving children for issuing vouchers to study free of cost in PEF partner schools up to matriculation level.

Chairman Punjab Education Foundation, Raja Anwar stated this while talking to a 15member delegation of heads of EVS partner schools at his residence on Sunday. Talking to the delegation, Raja Anwar said that the purpose of giving an opportunity to the EVS partners to identify suitable out of school children for the issuance of vouchers is to facilitate the partners to contribute in promotion of education in the impecunious strata at the grassroots. Now, the EVS partners will identify suitable candidates, the EVS representatives will verify the antecedents of the selected out of school children and if found eligible, these children will be issued vouchers as per PEF policy and criteria to study in EVS schools of choice free of cost.

He hoped that this will give further impetus to the cause of promotion of education in the province and told that more than 40 thousand deserving out of school children will be enrolled in EVS partner schools this way, where their monthly fee and textbooks will be provided by the PEF. The foundation shall hold quality assurance test annually to determine the quality of education being given to them, he added.

PEF Chairman, Raja Anwar appreciated the role of low-cost private schools in promoting education and said that PEF has taken a number of positive steps to promote the quality of education besides giving child friendly schooling to the students so that they could study in
conducive atmosphere.