LAHORE: The Punjab Education Foundation has launched phase 14 of its education voucher scheme in ten selected districts to extend free school education to deserving children. These districts included Faisalabad, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Khanewal, Mianwali, Pakpattan, Sargodha and Sheikhupura. This scheme is offered in certain union councils of these districts where people from the poor segment of the society dwell and need free schooling of their children.

The PEF has sought partnership from individuals as well as profit-earning or non-profiteering institutions having at least three years relevant experience. Similarly, individual private school owners can also apply for partnership if their schools are working in the same union councils for the last three years.–Staff Reporter

PEF pays Rs 450 for primary, Rs 500 for middle and Rs 600 for secondary level students to its EVS partners under this scheme besides provision of free text books. The purpose of this scheme is to enable the children of deserving communities to study without any fear of fee or books. PEF, however, holds quality assurance test of these students every year to check the academic standard of EVS partners.

Meanwhile, Quality Assurance Test of private schools partnering under foundation assisted school with the Punjab Education Foundation will start from Monday (today).

As many as 162 partnering schools from Fort Abbas, Minchinabad, Haroonabad and Bahawalnagar tehsils will appear in the tests.

QAT will continue in different districts in phases till February 19 and a total of 2355 FAS partnering schools will appear in it.