LAHORE - The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) will spend Rs 95.5 millions to provide free education to 4,40,000 students of Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Multan and Rajanpur during next five years under New School Programme (NSP). This was stated by Chairman PEF Raja Anwar while addressing a meeting with the owners of schools registered under new school programme with the PEF at his office here on Sunday. On the occasion Deputy Managing Director (Operations) Tanveer Ahmed Zafar and other officers were present on the occasion. Raja Anwar said that foundation would spend a sum of Rs 95.5 million on the extension of new school programme during next five years and free education would be imparted to poor students by affiliating 1,765 schools. He said that Punjab Education Foundation was providing free education facilities to deserving students of 128 schools of Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rahim Yaar Khan, Rajanpur, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Dunyapur and Chiniot, which had resulted in improvement in the literacy rate in these areas. He said that there was a strict ban on corporal punishment in all partner schools of Punjab Education Foundation and strict action would be taken in case of any violation. Raja Anwar said that provision of education to the children is service to humanity. On the occasion partner school owners also presented their proposals for further improving the programme.