LAHORE - Good news for Punjab parents as now the schools will not force the children to attend summer camps without their consent, an assurance given to the Lahore High Court by the Education Department on Thursday.

Four people, including two teachers, from Nankana Sahib moved the high court against forced summer camps. On the directives of the high court, the Schools secretary showed up with assurance of stern action. Following that, the hearing was put off for the next week. In the previous hearing, the court had summoned the Schools secretary to answer about the summer camps being organised by various schools across Punjab and the charges being taken from the students. The petitioners argued that a few number of students attending the classes were at a risk of receiving sunstrokes, not to mention the unavailability of electricity and shortage of drinking water.

Not so long ago, the situation worsened when Zeeshan, a ninth-grader at Government GuroNanak High School, died due to sunstroke gripping students and their parents in fear, it was informed.

The teachers were also facing problems and had no conveyance allowance for summer camps, they said. The petitioners requested the court to direct the authorities concerned to stop summer camps and set aside the notification issued in this regard.