A meet up was organized by Dignosco for all the leading journalists and bloggers to have a general discussion with their team on global educational trends and current prevalent issues in the Pakistani educational sector at their Lahore office.
While addressing the attendees, the Dignosco team was of the view that every year many scholarship and admission opportunities are left untapped because of the absence of student counselling in our educational institutions. What they feel in this context is that our Government doesn’t pay much attention on such issues.
Talking about private schools, the team quoted,
“Private schools are generating huge amounts of money by claiming to provide value added services to their students but realities are much different. It is sad that some of the top tier schools of the country lack a basic counselling system.”
Dignosco took this initiative to provide college advice to students, professionals and parents for admissions in higher and secondary education institutions spread across North America, Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia, and Pakistan. The company also extends its services to students who are unable to afford higher education abroad.
They further commented that they do not criticize the government but due to an inadequate counselling system in most educational institutions, the number of students going to colleges abroad is far less than it should be.
When it comes to a US undergraduate degree, tuition fee of different colleges vary from Rs. 40 lacs to Rs. 90 lacs per year, which majority students in Pakistan cannot bear. Dignosco claims that through their service, students are paying only Rs. 3 – 10 lacs per year or in some cases totally free. They further commented that they select students only on the basis of their educational qualifications and achievements rather than their statuses, adding that they have sent students from Balochistan to universities like UC Berkeley on a full scholarship.
The team concluded the session by saying that Government and schools should focus on such issues and promote the young rising talent in Pakistan by providing expert counselling to students for the progress and prosperity of the country. This issue needs to be properly addressed and the system needs to be appropriately changed.