Lahore:15 October: The Lahore High Court on Monday directed the provincial and district governments to ensure enforcing a verdict by Supreme Court on private schools fee issue in its letter and spirit and also make sure that no student was expelled. Justice Sajid Mahmood Sethi was hearing several petitions moved by parents of students studying at different A-category private schools. Secretary Schools Education Department Irum Bukhari and other officials were present in the court. The parents also appeared before the court and complained about the mistreatment of their children at the hands of the schools. They said the administration of the respective schools was not allowing their children to attend classes for initiating litigation against the fee increase. A counsel for the private schools association argued that the fee being received was as per the law. He requested the court to refer the matter to district registration authority, which he said, was the appropriate forum with the representation of parents and the government as well. Representing the parents, Advocate Azhar Siddique argued that the schools committed contempt by increasing fee in violation of the apex court judgment. Justice Sethi ordered the secretary and deputy commissioner to ensure implementation of the judgment and take action against the violators. The judge directed the officials to ensure that no student was expelled or mistreated by the schools and submit compliance report on October 16. The judge also issued notice on a contempt petition by the petitioners’ counsel and on another petition questioning collection of fee in US dollars by a private school in Lahore. The petitioners had contended that it was the responsibility of the state to protect fundamental rights of citizens and education was indeed one of them. They said profits accumulated by private institutions were unreasonable and the state had to act as the regulator to protect the right of its citizens.The news.