The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was established under the 1991 Punjab Association’s PEF Act. The purpose at the time was to help private investors (by funding or lending) to establish new schools so that more schools could be accessible to the public. The ultimate power of PEF began in 1991 and was governed by the Punjab Prime Minister until 2004, but began to serve as an independent body under the Board of Directors after 2004.
Initially, its main goal was to provide better education to the nation, with the help of private schools, by providing teacher training, professional development of private schools, building interest-free loans for buildings, and providing special coupons to student families. To motivate them to take education seriously. However, today, a large portion of the PEF budget is spent on school programs supported by the FAS, through which the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) pays for each child funded in a private school.
Punjab Education (PEF) claims that its programs are cost-effective, which is why these programs are the best solution for achieving equality and quality of education. In the wave of privatization of existing public schools, the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has privatized thousands of public schools. PEF management has handed over thousands of public schools to private investors. Now, I want to admit the fact that yes, PEF has played a role so far, but the real question is, is the PEF approach the right way to achieve long-term benefits?
PEF Features & Functions
- Foundation Assisted School (FAS)
- Education Voucher Scheme (EVS)
- New School Program (NSP)
- Continuous Professional Development Program (CPDP)
- Academic Development Unit (ADU)
- Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)
Is there a need to spend more on Punjab?
In Fsyial, Punjab’s education budget was $ 2.99 billion, of which only $ 0.602 billion was spent on development projects, while the rest was used to meet the current needs of the education sector. In fiscal 2014, 87% of the education budget was used to pay teachers’ salaries. The main problem was over-spending of 453,343 teachers in the education budget, and when the figures showed the school’s progress, they simply decided to outsource or encourage these schools to go to the Punjab Private Education School (which was compensated) (other PEF plans); Eventually taxpayers’ money was wasted in this process. It may achieve its short-term goal, but if the government is ultimately to outsource these public schools, what is the purpose of establishing a public school?
The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has begun paying tuition fees to students in private schools. Fees vary by student’s grade.
Rs 550 per student before elementary school
Rs 600 for each Primary class student
High School Art Course for every Rs900 student
Middle school science students Rs. 1100 per person
The goal of the Punjab Educational Foundation is to privatize the administration of all schools until the entire Punjab reaches the fifth grade, and plans to retain some schools from the sixth grade.
It is worth noting how the system collapsed within seconds, just like the PEF’s stagnation after the 2008 elections for almost a year. The result is that as long as it continues to drive private investors, progress will emerge. This will not help improve the quality of education in public schools.
How to Improve the PEF System?
Throughout Pakistan, more than 600,000 teachers have been hired as civil servants. Although these teachers may be accredited, most people lack the motivation and discipline to be honest, because most people are reluctant to appear in school and raise large amounts of money for salary. This issue must be urgently addressed by taking appropriate measures.
The government should stop paying private investors to students and need to upgrade the public education system, which will be more useful in the long run. This policy will help the government to prioritize good governance in its public schools, otherwise public schools that have collapsed due to lack of good governance will lose their remaining symbolic and symbolic value.
Importance of School Education
The literacy rate in Finland is 100%. There are no private schools in Finland. The reason for this is that in the absence of private schools, the wealthy will care about public schools just like private schools because they now have no choice but to help improve those public schools. It is difficult to understand that a country without private schools has a literacy rate of 100%. Until 1970, Finland had the same old rust education system throughout the world, and then for greater benefit, they changed everything once and for all.
Only those hired are the top 10 teachers in the fresh graduates. The teaching profession is as good as doctors and engineers. Finnish teachers receive higher salaries than American teachers. There is no standardized testing system for students, and students who complete the course will not take any exams until the age of 16. There is no arrangement between schools because they operate under the “all that is required” policy and strive to keep everyone at the same level. According to the results of the International Student Assessment Program (PISA) released in 2009, out of about 500,000 students worldwide, students rank second in science, third in reading and sixth in mathematics. These plans may seem difficult at first glance, but once implemented, they will become easier.
All schools, especially under the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF), are public schools, and if it seems so difficult, why not close these high schools and ask the rich to fund public schools. Pakistan has not carried out extensive corporal punishment and there is no competition between students or schools, causing hundreds of students to fall into anxiety, depression, and suicide. Strict screening and teacher balance is the key to quality education to be carried out in public schools in Punjab and throughout Pakistan.
“Education is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. The world is progressing so rapidly that without requisite advances in education, not only shall we be left behind others but may be wiped out altogether.” Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Why PEF System is poor?
Let us talk about the reasons for the decline in education in Pakistan, especially Punjab, which was once considered the highest literacy institution and the center of the province. There are no other reasons besides corruption, high education budgets, teacher salaries, lack of motivation to educate students and parents, lack of rural schools, lack of counseling, and inadequate school infrastructure.
For More Details visit the main Punjab Education Foundation (PEF Website).