LAHORE - All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association has challenged the government orders for reduction in the fee being charged from the students.

The association Thursday filed a petition through its president Adeeb Javedani, challenging the ban by the city administration.

The petition states that the DCO had ordered the schools to reduce the fee according to what was charged last year. However, according to the petition, the schools clearly mentioned the revised fee structure in the prospectuses for the current year.

"Now if parents raise objection on fee it is highly unjustified,” the petition reads.

The schools association requested the court to set aside the government order. The court will take up the petition on Sept 21.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting on Thursday and said the private schools will not be allowed to increase fees at any cost. The private educational institutions must revert to the old fee structure, he added.

“Unnecessary increase in fees in the name of education is unacceptable. Law will take its course against those who will not take back the increase in fees.”

Provincial Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah, Chief Secretary Punjab Khizar Hayat Gondal, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmed, Schools Secretary, Law Secretary and DCO Lahore attended the meeting.

NOTICE TO EDO: The Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notice to the EDO Mandi Bahauddin for creating hindrance to the establishment of Danish School in the area.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice Faisal Zaman and Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the case. The bench also issued notice to provincial minister for women development Hameeda Waheed-ud-Din.

Dr A Basit argued the case filed by Mukhtar Ahmad, an agriculturist of Dhok Nawan Lok village. The petitioner’s counsel contended that a minority of a minority of the village Dhok Nawan Lok, Mandi Bahauddin was not ready to vacate the joint land of the village in favor of the provincial government for setting up of Danish school.