ONE of the less-mentioned aspects of the recent BA/BSc results of the Punjab University is that no less than 11 government colleges had a zero-percent pass rate, and 70 of the colleges had a pass rate of less than 20 percent. Considering that the pass rate does not reflect the quality of the degree, or whether the graduate is either employable or eligible to proceed for masters degree studies, this is a generous measure. By this, government colleges do not do what they are supposed to, and for which they are given such large amounts of taxpayers money: provide quality education. The government may suspend the defaulting principals, or even more draconian action might be taken, but the students parents, who want a good education for their children, will inevitably turn to the private sector. The government also needs to reconsider an approach that has been shown to have failed. It needs to end the problem of medium of instruction, a problem which starts in the schools, and which bedevils education all the way to the level of postgraduation. Simply introducing a four-year BSc programme, or giving autonomy to more colleges, will be of no help, and will continue the drift to the private sector. Such policies of distraction will no longer hold water. The four-year BSc will only be of some use if anyone passes it, which is by no means a certainty the way the policy is being implemented. The colleges with poor results are clearly worse run than colleges with a pass percentage of more than 20 percent. Their deficiencies, particularly in staff, need to be made up, and then results should be seen. If the public sector was to provide an education fitting tomorrows young man and woman for the workplace, parents would prefer the lower fees the public sector offers. Those making the decisions on how taxpayers money is spent, should keep this in mind when deciding about institutions of higher learning. If they make the right decisions, they will find parents following. Otherwise, they will abandon the public sector.