LAHORE - Despite governments claims not to burden the students with security cost of their educational institutions, parents in the City are still ill at ease as no clear explanation has been given by the schools management in this regard. When contacted, parents of students of elite private schools in the City expressed their apprehensions that apparently no notification or decision has been taken by the schools management fearing the burden of security cost would ultimately be shifted to the students. Seeking anonymity, a government official whose children study in a top ranking private school in the City told this scribe that they were already paying heavy fee for the education of their children and the addition of security charges for the protection of schools and students would not be affordable for them. He cited the general view of the students and the parents that sooner or later the security cost would be shifted to them. A mother of two students of another private institution said it was not possible that schools management would exonerate them from the financial burden incurring on the security cost of the schools as the students are charged even for a ordinary stationary item. She was worried that the extra cost would be unbearable for her family owing to their limited financial sources. Yet another mother of a student, a schoolteacher, said it was quite possible that schools would charge security charges in the next term. The government had not allowed the institutions to charge the security expenses, yet the students would be burdened for a long period, she added. A father of the school going children admitted the importance of security outside and inside the academic institutions given the terror situation in the country, however, he demanded of the government to provide adequate security to the students as was being provided to the politicians, bureaucrats and others at their houses and offices. He wanted the government to pass strict direction to the private schools not to charge the security cost from the students. It is pertinent to add that a number of private schools in the City are in the process of beefing up security by way of raising boundary walls and placing concrete blocks, barricades, barbed wires on the walls. Besides other protective measures including scanners, detectors and additional security force outside the institution are also being taken that costs lakhs of rupees. Meanwhile, the Punjab government has clarified that the commissioner Lahore has called a meeting of owners of private schools and other stakeholders to look into the allegations leveled by certain parents wherein they had expressed their concerns that private schools would shift the financial burden of security measures to the parents. He said during meeting major owners of the private schools claimed that no such notice was issued so far to collect charges against provision of security in the schools. The additional secretary education (schools) also denied all the allegations leveled by the parents.