LAHORE - The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has successfully completed its preliminary quality assurance test (QAT) in 15 different districts of Punjab. As many as 981 private schools in these districts appeared in the test.

According to PEF spokesman, this test was held for low-cost private schools seeking partnership with the PEF, under expansion phase 9 of its foundation assisted school program of free education for the children.

This test will now be held in the districts of Kasur, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Sargodha, Khushab, T T Singh, Mianwali, Faisalabad and Jhang on Monday (today). As many as 209 schools will take part in the test, the spokesperson added.

Under this program, PEF provides free text books as well as monthly fee: Rs500 for elementary, Rs600 for matriculation (Arts) and Rs700 for matric (Science) to its FAS partners so that the deserving students could study free of cost. PEF also trains school teachers, the spokesman added.

As many as 1390 private schools have applied for partnership under expansion phase 9 of FAS program in different districts of the province, he said.