4500 students to get free education in Cholistan

Recipients enrolled in 75 non-formal community schools

LAHORE/BAHAWALPUR – The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) and the Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to give free education to 4500 students enrolled in 75 non-formal community schools situated in Cholistan area of Bahawalpur division.

The MoU signing ceremony was held at the DCO office in Bahawalpur in the presence of DCO Imran Sikandar, CDA Managing Director Iqbal Hussain, PEF Managing Director Dr Aneela Salman, Salman Anwar Malik and other officers. Iqbal Hussain and PEF Director Waqar Azeem signed the document on behalf of their respective organisations.

These schools will be run under the New School Program and the Punjab Education Foundation would provide a sum of Rs 360 per student to the CDA for the first three months, Dr Aneela said. After this transition period, a long-term tri-partite arrangement will be made to continue free education of the students who mostly belong to the impecunious strata.

The junior teachers would be paid Rs 7000 while senior teachers would get Rs 8000 as monthly salary. The capacity building of teachers will also be arranged so that the overall standards could be improved, she said. Continuing with its commitment of providing child-friendly schooling, the Punjab Education Foundation will also ensure that the students are provided with basic facilities like clean drinking water and clean toilets.

Earlier, Iqbal Hussain said that these schools were launched under Cholistan Literate Project and after the expiry of this project; these schools would now be run through the support of the Punjab Education Foundation. On the occasion, the CDA managing director received cheque worth Rs 1.16 million as first monthly installment for the schools.

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