OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - The pre-Quality Assurance Test for the selection of new partner schools under Foundation Assisted Schools (FAS) program in the districts of Okara, Vehari, Pakpattan and Sahiwal has been completed on Tuesday. In this phase-seven, a total of 300,000 students of 4400 schools in 36 districts are taking part in this test. Pre-QAT is aimed at to select new partners for giving free education to the poor children who cannot afford it on their own. According to the spokesman of the Punjab Education Foundation, pre-QAT is a requirement for partnership with new schools that are paid monthly fee besides text books for the students. This test is being held through independent partners to ensure transparency and credibility, the spokesman maintained. Central monitoring room has also been set up to monitor the holding of this test. Pre-QAT would now be held in the districts of Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar on Wednesday (today). According to the spokesman, FAS is the flagship program of the Punjab Education Foundation to encourage and promote the poor to send their children to schools where education is totally free. PEF has demonstrated that through public private partnership, better quality education can be provided at much lesser costs as compared to the public sector to educate a child in the public schooling system. Arshad Bhatti 11/22/2011