LAHORE - Private institutions are endangering the life of students in the name of recreational trips though the education department has barred such activities due to security reasons.

The government issued directives in December 2014 to stop public and private institutions from arranging recreational and study trips due to security situation.

However, private educational institutions have been undertaking recreational trips despite the reluctance of the parents and the resistance by the education department. Parents have making a litany of complaints to the education department.

Habib Azher, told APP that he had disallowed his son to visit a factory in the precincts of Lahore due to security reasons.

Director (Colleges) Lahore Division Rana Nasim Akhter said the colleges and school directorates don’t allow boys and girls recreational trips due to security reasons.

He said public and private educational institutions are required to seek No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the directorate before proceeding on a recreational trips, adding that no recreational trips have been allowed since December 16.

To a question, the director said the Education department had stopped permitting schools and colleges in the wake of Army Public School Peshawar incident, adding that the congregation of boys and girls is dangerous under the present circumstances, especially after the Paris attacks.

About the recreational trips undertaken by schools and colleges recently, the Director said any private school or college which proceeds on a recreational trip on its own stands in violation of the policy towed by the education department.

He said no public sector institution has proceeded on a trip after the permission was withdrawn, adding that any private sector institutions would be responsible for their wilful act if any harm comes.

Rana Nasim Akhter said he has penned a warning letter t the private educational institutions to desist from the practice of proceeding on recreational trips unlawfully.

All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) President Adeeb Jawadani told APP that the recreational and study tours practice by public and private schools was quite risky in the aftermath of current security situation, adding that he was aghast to see student delegations visiting Lahore Bagh-e-Jinnah last Friday.

He said the private schools must follow the instructions by the government in the interest of the children and the parents. Jawadani urged the government and the police should to enforce the Education department policy of no recreational trips in the larger public interest.