LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has restrained all private schools from collecting fee of summer vacations at once from the students.

Justice Ali Akbar Qureshi passed the order while hearing a petition moved by Advocate Sheeba Qaisar. The judge observed although the government frequently advertised its development projects, it never made public real issues of masses.

The lawyer-petitioner told the judge that the Punjab government already had issued a notification and stopped the private schools from collecting fee of summer vacations from the students. But the schools instead of acting upon the notification were forcing students to pay summer vacation fee which was burdening the students and parents, she added.

The officials of education department were also present there. They told the judge that they did not receive any complaint from the parents or students in this regard.

Justice Qureshi observed that concealing of facts could not be tolerated and directed the officials to advertise the previous notification again.

He also directed the officials to take action against the schools that were charging full fee for summer vacation from the students and submit report on the next hearing. The court adjourned further hearing until June 2.

PEF school timing instructions:

The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) has directed educational centers partnered under evening schooling project of Education Vouchers Scheme (EVS) to strictly follow the prescribed school timings.

In a circular issued by the PEF Director (EVS) here on Thursday, the partners are directed to follow school timings i.e., 2-00pm to 5-00pm in winter and 3-00pm to 6-00pm in the summer. Monitoring will also be held during this time.

It may be added here that evening schooling project for the house-maids, child labourers, dropouts and out of school children has been launched so that they could study free of cost up to secondary school certificate in the evening times and improve the economic prospects through education. This project is especially beneficial for the needy children who could not go to school in morning due to various reasons.

LHC moved for judicial system at UC level: An application has been moved to the Lahore High court seeking directions to establish judicial system at union level for the speedy and timely dispensation of justice to the masses.

Tehreek-i-Inqlab has filed the application saying that the judicial system at the grass root level can help reduce incidents like Daska and people could also get timely justice. The petitioner says that the appointment of justice of peace at the Union Council level would be a great step in delivering justice.

He requested the courts to direct the authorities concerned to take steps for the establishment of judiciary at union council level.