BAHAWALPUR-The Punjab Education Foundation has provided second instalment of Rs1.8 million for the Cholistan Development Authority for the payment of teachers' salaries and monthly dues of about 45,000 students enrolled in 75 non-formal community schools.

This was done in accordance with an MoU signed between PEF and CDA to adopt and run these schools which were left in the lurch due to closure of 'Literate Cholistan Project' and the future of students was at stake due to lack of resources.

As per the deal, PEF has been providing monthly dues of students and salaries of teachers for a period of three months and after the transitional arrangements, these schools will be run under 'New School Programme' of the foundation which is designed to provide free education to the deserving students through private partners. For this purpose, applications have been sought from the reputable NGO working in the field of education to run these schools.