The EMIS is functioning in Punjab for the past more than 25 years and it has been become an integral part of Programme Monitoring and Implementation Unit (PMIU) of Punjab Education Sector Reform Programme (PERSP). PMIU conducts Govt. Annual School Census every year to collect data for planning, analysing measuring educational indicators. PMIU has also conducted private school census in 2011. There is continues increase in the number of the private schools which requires availability of up-to-date information regarding private schools in the province to facilitate planning and to promote public private partnerships in education.
Over the past few years, private provision of education has become a significant phenomenon in Punjab, both in urban as well as rural areas. This is evident from the growing share of the private sector in number of institutions, teachers workforce and student enrolment. Currently, the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) collects information on partner low cost private schools in Punjab. However, this is just a fraction of the total private schools in the province. So, there is urgent need to design and conduct fresh and complete private school census (PSC) for better planning and analysis by providing policy inputs and implementation-capacity building support for the improvement of education in terms of access, governess and quality of education and security issue which are getting very important.