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Committee Formed to Address PEF Partner Schools Grievances
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:06:44 AM »
Committee Formed to Address PEF Partner Schools Grievances
Lahore : 30 September : A special committee comprising representatives of different organizations of the partner schools of Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has been constituted to address the grievances of partner schools relating to 11th Quality Assurance Test (QAT) of the foundation in which only 67 partner schools, out of 250, were declared eligible to continue their affiliation.
Speaking at an educational convention held at Alhamra on Sunday, Punjab Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan said the committee would hold dialogue with the PEF’s BOGs on October 5 to resolve the grievances of the partner schools, adding he himself would lead the dialogue to amicably resolve the matter.
Punjab Finance Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Rana Muhammad Afzal MPA and Ch Waseem Qadir also spoke on the occasion. Punjab Private Schools Association president Dr Muhammad Ilyas Wali, Senior Vice Presidents Maqsood Ahmed Chaudhary and Rana Aftab Alam presented the charter of demands to the education minister. Rana Mashhood assured them that the Punjab government would protect the future of 1.4 million poor students studying under the PEF’s Education Voucher Scheme (EVS) at every cost.
He said the Punjab government had allocated Rs 7.5 billion for the welfare of these students, adding the government was fully aware of the fact that the parents of these 1.4 million students could not afford education of their children at expensive private schools, other than the partner schools of Punjab Education Foundation with a limit of Rs 400 per month only as tuition fee, and the students studying under the Education Voucher Scheme don’t have to pay even a single penny. The education minister also gave an assurance that these poor students would be provided their textbooks in time anyway. Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman also spoke on the occasion. Talking to The News Zia Uddin Butt who heads the Academic Development Unit (ADU) at the PEF said the schools who could not qualify the 11th QAT were not declared ineligible yet as these schools still had a chance to appear in the second test. Zia Uddin added that PEF was following merit policy of the chief minister, Punjab. He said meetings with heads of these schools had been scheduled from next week through which performance chart of their respective schools would be shared. He also claimed the PEF had given these schools an option to apply for rechecking if they had any grievances but, unfortunately, no one had applied in this regard. To a question, he said, the test was held in February while the result was declared in July this year.The news.
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