Funding for private schools in Punjab
LAHORE, May 21(Dawn): The Punjab government has provided Rs3.8 billion to the
Punjab Education Foundation to provide financial assistance to the
less-privileged private schools in the province.
As many as 750,000
students of these schools will benefit from the foundation assisted schools
programme by the end of this year.
This was stated by Punjab Education
Foundation chairman Shahid Hafeez Kardar while presiding over a meeting of the
Board of Directors of the foundation here on Sunday.
Mr Kardar said the
programme would greatly help strengthen public and private education sector. It
had been extended to 1,500 schools in Punjab.
He said during the current
year 483 workshops had been organised and 25,000 teachers of 5,000 schools given
training for their professional development. The academic development unit of
the foundation was playing a key role in producing teachers of high
He said the Education Voucher Scheme proved to be highly
beneficial and it had been decided to extend its network to other backward areas
so that a maximum number of students could benefit from it.
said partner schools for the financial assistance programme were being selected
purely on merit.
The board was informed that quality service delivery had
been the main consideration in running the professional development programme.
To ensure quality training programmes, the partner organisations were now
required to get their trainers accredited.
The board expressed
satisfaction over the implementation of different schemes and international
recognition accorded to various initiatives of the foundation.
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