LAHORE - Punjab Education Foundation is going to expand its Education Voucher Scheme to more 17 districts of Punjab to open the doors of quality education to poor and needy.

PEF Chairman Raja Anwar stated this while addressing the annual prize distribution function of an EVS partner school at Madinah Colony, Baghbanpura on Saturday.

Explaining the pro-poor features of EVS, Raja Anwar said it was very beneficial for the poor children who, often, succumb to child labour and exploitative conditions and could not attend any school due to lack of resources to meet the educational expenditures.

He said that PEF was providing free education to 60 thousand deserving students in 17 different districts under EVS where it had been proved very beneficial for the economically deprived families. Raja Anwar said, “Keeping in view the importance of Education Voucher Scheme, Punjab Education Foundation is going to expand it in the districts of Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Chakwal, Attock, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalnagar, Jhang, Jhelum, Layyah, Lodhran, Nankana Sahib, Sargodha, Sheikhupura and Toba Tek Singh.”

PEF has planned to provide educational vouchers to 140,000 students by June 2012, he added. He hoped that EVS would provide quality education to child labourers and out of school children.