LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Tuesday directed Punjab education department to stop merger, shifting of various Govt Schools into one school in Baghbanpura limits and sought a detailed reply from the education authorities in this regard. LHC judge Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed passed this order on a petition filed by Shahid Mehmood, resident of China Housing Scheme and other parents of the schools children of Bhogiwal area who challenged the notification of merger of 12 primary schools into some middle schools in proximity. The petitioners parents submitted that district officer education Lahore Cantt on 20 April 2010 passed order, notification of shifting and merger of about 12 government primary schools unlawfully, creating problems for parents and children. The court ordered the respondents to submit the detailed reply on June 11. Earlier, Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Muhammad Arshad appearing before the court contented that the schools, which are being merged are located at a building not owned by the government and the said schools could not be improved due to audit objections so it forced the department to decide shifting or merger of such schools. He also stated that the government schools which are being merged are located just at a distance of half kilometre. The LHC judge showed annoyance over the statement that the said govt schools including primary and middle schools for boy and girls existed on private land and there wasnt government building or land for the same. The judge also directed EDO education and other respondents to place on record material to justify his stance. Judge noted in his order that court has been told that summer holiday are going to start from June 1st in the schools and the matter will finally be settled till August. The judge directed the respondents not to take any action about the shifting/merger in this duration and adjourned the hearing till June 11. The parents submitted said that 282 students aged 5 years to 9 years of government Modern Girls Bhogiwal were unlawfully shifted into the government Girls Middle School Madholal Hussain, which is located at long distance, creating problems for children. They also said three other primary schools of other areas had already been merged into the said school i.e, government Girls Middle School Madholal Hussain. The parents said only 6 PTC teachers in the Madholal School are teaching over 600 students. Parents have feared and expressed concerns in sending their children of class 1 to 5 at longer distance. Besides, it will put additional burden of transport cost on parents, the petitioners submitted. They said Bhogiwal is a locality of poor people and it is unjust step for them to darken the future prospects of their children. They submitted an application to DCO Lahore for withdrawing the notification of schools merger but he also did not take action in this regard.