Education voucher scheme for dropout kids
By Our Correspondent
BAHAWALPUR: The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has announced launching the `Education Voucher Scheme` (EVS) for providing (on a partnership basis) free-of-cost education up to secondary level across the province to the dropout children of poor and deserving families of katchi abadis and backward areas.
It is learnt the EVS will be introduced in the selected union councils of 10 districts -Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Muzaff argarh, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Khanewal, Mianwali, Pakpattan, Sargodha and Sheikhupura.
Under the scheme, the out-of-school children (who never attended the school), from the age of six to 16 years and those who left schools, will be covered.
The PEF will pay students of the selected schools at the rate of Rs450 per child for primary section, Rs500 per for elementary and Rs600 for secondary section.
In Bahawalpur district, the seven UCs selected for the purpose will be Goth Mehrab and Jalalabad in Saddar tehsil, Islami Colony UC No 14 in city tehsil, Bakkhtiari UC andHatheji in Ahmedpur East tehsil, Jhandhani in Khairpur Tamewali tehsil and UC107 in Yazman tehsil.
The PEF has invited applications from individuals and NGOs, who may be involved in the social sector and running of community-based institutions including schools.
These individuals or NGOs could neither demand nor recover any amount from the children seeking admission in such schools.
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