LAHORE: The government on Tuesday undertook before Lahore High Court (LHC) that private schools would not be allowed to raise fees for making security arrangements following the December 16 terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar. A division bench, consisting of Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Ayesha A Malik, was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Zain Sikandar security arrangements at schools. Home Special Secretary Shoaib Akbar, Schools Secretary Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, DCO Muhammad Usman and Legal Affairs DIG Muhammad Azeem Leghari appeared before the bench. The bench was informed that private schools would not raise fees and that they would arrange the security gear from their own kitty. It was informed that in case of any grievance parents as well as school managements could approach the DCO concerned. The officers told the court that vigilance committees had been formed at district level to monitor security of schools. The bench sought a report on security arrangements at the next hearing.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2015.