Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) Chairman Qamarul Islam Raja said that the foundation has forever defeated the menace of ignorance and illiteracy by helping thousands of deserving male and female students to continue their studies in partnering schools without being burdened.

“The educational policies of PEF have been helpful in providing educated youth to the country. This is no small feat as the disfranchised communities have reposed their trust and confidence on us by sending their children, especially girls, to the PEF sponsored schools,” he added while addressing the district coordination meeting of school partners from Bahawalnagar district at District Council Hall on Sunday.

While giving a detail on different PEF sponsored reforms in the school education sector, he said that organised teachers and head teachers’ capacity building programme would help improve the academic standards of the partnering schools. “Partner schools are also directed to ensure that governmental instructions with regard to schools’ security and eradication of dengue are fully implemented to provide secure and clean atmosphere to the students,” he mentioned.

The PEF chairman said that different IT-based reforms were regularly evolved to ensure that the PEF system served in a transparent and efficient way. “Our student information system is state-of-the-art programme to store more than two million students’ data efficiently,” he added.

Islam urged the school partners to ensure that their record was entered completely and was error-free. Similarly, he added, schools should also resolve their all registration related matters well in time.

PEF Managing Director Tariq Mahmood said that extraordinary efforts were made to promote education in the remote and far flung areas of the southern districts. “Our Cholistan schooling project has helped spread education in every nook and corner of the vast desert spreading over three districts, as 67 percent of PEF partner schools and 69 percent of total students belong to southern districts of the province,” he added.

He further said that planning to provide free textbooks for the academic year 2017-18 has started already, adding that education was the basis of national development and our students would prove themselves as youth role models by proactively serving in the national mainstream.