LAHORE - It is estimated that almost 40 per cent students study in private institutions while thousands of teachers jobs are attached to these institutions. But these institutions are facing innumerable problems including the problems of registration, taxes, funds, affiliation, examination and equivalence etc. Now, there is a need of a separate directorate of education for these private institution besides funds from the Higher Education Commission as well as budgetary allocations of provinces. The career and pay structure of teachers should be rationalised, moreover the fixation of tuition fee is required in accordance with the performance and reputation of the institution. The registration to private schools should be granted at least for 10 years and relaxation should be given in affiliation fee besides the complex affiliation process should also be simplified. In addition to the above, dual taxes of federal and provincial governments as well as utility bills also need some recession. As the critics of private institutions say that the private institutions owners have commercialised the education and instead of taking it as a mission or a public service they considered it a money making trade. These institutions trade about Rs 22 billion rupees annually. In addition to the inflated tuition fee, they fetch money in the name of subscriptions, books, uniform, sports, transport and other such facilities. Prof Sharif Malik, member Education Executive Club, says that there is common perception that private sector is giving better performance but dont forget, he added, the expenditures on government institutions are almost 60 per cent less than the private sector schools/colleges. Regarding quality education in public sector, he said, it can be improved with better administrative measures. Moreover, he said, a fact cannot be denied that the maximum number of position holders in Board and University belongs to government sector. The LUMS, NUST and other private universities are often mentioned as quality institutions but the enrolment in LUMS is not more than a 1000 students as compared to Punjab University having on-campus enrolment of students to 30,000. None of the private universities, considered as the best in the country, can match their enrolment with Punjab University, Lahore College for Women University, Government College University, universities of Faisalabad and Sargodha or University of Education, KEMU & Veterinary University & University of Health Sciences. The private sector in education, however, is being grossly neglected as in the past in the education policy plans 2009. The curriculum suggested for the public sector schools/colleges during the previous regime will witness little change. Similarly higher education both in public and private sectors will also be neglected. The education policy is still being formulated and the draft is undergoing for final touches. The Prime Minister may himself announce the policy before the budget 2009-10. Sources said that the education policy proposals already forwarded might undergo a drastic change due to the current financial crunch taking heavy toll on development outlay in the education sector.