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What is the outreach of FAS Program?

FAS Program has outreached all 36 districts of Punjab namely Bahawalpur, Multan, Muzaffergarh, Bhawalnagar, Lodhran, Jhang, Rajanpur, Chakwal, Lahore, Sialkot, Bhakker, Mianwali, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Vehari, Nankana Sahib, Gujrat, Chiniot, Rahim yar Khan, Pakpattan, Okara, Sargodha, Attock, D.G Khan, Jehlum, Mandi Bahauddin, Layyah, Rawalpindi, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Khushab, Khanewal, Toba Tek Singh, Faisalabad, Kasur, Sahiwal

How is the performance of the school checked?

The qualitative performance of the school can be ascertained from their Quality Assurance Test(QAT)results. The physical performance of the school is inspected by the PEF Monitoring Team which visits schools at regular intervals during an academic year. The following are some of the standards that the team checks for in the school during their visit:

  • Student enrolment and their verification from admission/withdrawal register
  • School Infrastructure
  • Furniture
  • Cleanliness and Hygiene
  • Availability of rooms for each class

Moreover, schools are also incentivized annually on the basis of their annual evaluation through categorization.

What is categorization of partner schools?

FAS performs the activity of schools categorization annually for continuous improvement of the Program. All FAS partner schools have been divided in six categories i.e. A+, A, B+,B, C and D, mainly on the basis of their QAT result, physical infrastructure and teachers’ qualification. For this purpose, a categorization checklist has been developed and all partner schools are visited/ evaluated. As a result, top four category partner schools i.e. A+, A, B+,B are incentivized as follows:

Maximum limit of Out of School Children that can be provided tuition by FAS partner school is as under:

Sr. # Category OSC Enrolment Limit (No. of Students at max.)
1. A+ 120 Students
2. A 90 Students
3. B+ 60 Students
4. B 30 Students

What is Quality Assurance Test (QAT) of partner schools?

To maintain the quality and standard of education, Quality Assurance Test (QAT) is conducted annually in all FAS partner schools it is a key determinant for continuing financial support and fail in two consecutive QATs, the financial assistance is being discontinued. In order to qualify for QAT, 75% of tested students of the partner school are required to secure 40% marks in all subjects.

What if the school is un-registered?

An unregistered school may apply for partnership. However the partner school will register itself with the District Registration Authority within six months or in a year (subjected to change in PEF-FAS agreement) after entering into partnership with the Punjab Education Foundation and in default thereof the PEF may discontinue financial assistance under the partnership agreement.

How is a school identified as a PEF-FAS partner school?

The partner school will display the board on its main gate or any other prominent place. The specimen of the board will be provided by PEF stating the provision of free education to children enrolled in the educational institution being supported under the PEF-FAS Program.

What is the payment process?

The payment to the school is given after PEF-FAS agreement is signed. Before the process can take place the school must ensure the following before opening their bank accounts:

  • Bank account to be opened only in the name of the School and drawing rights should be mentioned on Bank Account letter (personal accounts are not acceptable).
  • Bank account in any branch of the Bank Of Punjab to avail the quick online transfer system (bank accounts in any other bank and any other district are not acceptable).

Once the school has entered into partnership, it is required to provide/enter in software the FAS department the monthly student updates every month, based on which the payment for the student enrolment is released. School owner should provide accurate enrollment figures within the due date (5th of each month) on the specified monthly update form to FAS department.

Can the partner school charge any fee from the students within the premises of the school?

No. From the date of execution of the agreement of partnership the partner school will not charge any enrolled student any fee in whatsoever form. In case of field trips, recreation, Parent Teacher Council should be made and proper documentation like consent of parents should be written on the register. Notified examination fees by the concerned Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education may, however, be collected from students.

Is the partner school allowed to carry out second-time classes/tuition within its premises?

The partner school will not conduct any second-time classes/tuition within its premises unless and until the service is being extended to the students free of cost. The partner school will not conduct tuition academies or any other profit making venture within the premises of the school.

What should be the teacher/student ratio?

The teacher student ratio should not exceed 30 students per teacher and no single room may host more than one class at one time. Practice of conducting classes in verandas and passages among rooms are strictly denounced.

What is distribution of honoraria to partner schools?

The out performing schools and students are awarded with honoraria during DCMs to encourage FAS partner schools to improve their educational quality. Partner school students who achieve top positions in PEC/BISE are awarded with prizes. Similarly, PEF also awards honoraria to top performing schools and teachers for showing excellent performance in Quality Assurance Test (QAT).

What will happen if the school gives inaccurate/false enrolment figures to FAS department?

It is strongly suggested that school administration should take particular care and diligence in preparing the monthly enrolment update since negligence or ignorance will also result in the imposition of penalties.

What is overcrowding in school and what will be the consequences of overcrowding in school?

In order to obtain the quality outcomes, it is imperative that the partner school pays special attention to the school’s infrastructure. Schools that are found to be overcrowded at any time after entering into FAS partnership will suffer the penalties. As per FAS SOP’s overcrowding in a classroom means more than 35 students sitting in a classroom. School management has to ensure that there should be no congested classrooms in the school.

How the record of out of school children/ eligible students will be maintained?

All PEF Partner schools are required to maintain proper record of Out of School Children/eligible students. They should be enrolled in the separate admission/withdrawal register and daily attendance of OSC/eligible students should be marked.

What will happen if corporal punishment is observed in the school?

PEF exercises a non-tolerance policy against corporal punishment. As per FAS SOPs penalty will be imposed on the school where corporal punishment will be reported and observation of corporal punishment can lead to cancellation of FAS partnership.

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