LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday restrained the education boards throughout the province from collecting processing fee from the students of private institutes.

Justice Shujaat Ali Khan issued the stay order on a petition filed by Khalid Mahmood, a student of a private school.

The petitioner through his counsel contended that Punjab government had exempted the students of the public institutions from paying registration fee, admission fee and processing fee. However, the same was being collected from the private students, which was discriminatory and violation of fundamental rights, the petitioner added.

The court recorded the initial arguments and issued a restraining order against collection of the processing fee. The court also issued notices to secretary schools education and educational boards, and directed them to submit reply till the next date of hearing.