Being the inquisitive me I ask why? why are they asking for this or that university and what their parents think? and have they checked around? or are they told of what is available out there?
So my latest discussion made me go mad. This student gained 97.8% in her high school last year. She was offered a scholarship to a gulf country when she wanted another gulf country. So she went for a term, decided that she doesn’t like it and returned back to Bahrain. Then someone gave her my number (to her fortune or misfortune, not sure). Of course I went through the drill and asked her why does she only wants that particular university? I asked her to check the various rankings to show me if its in them?
I was only trying to tell her that a high ranking student should go to a high ranking university. With her grades even Harvard will accept her and would even give her a scholarship. In Turkey for example (and by the way, no one from the Gulf region wants to go there yet!) most of their universities are in the top. But us the Bahraini people always settle for the closest. Unsure why? I think a student should insist that he/she must go to the top university even if its in China. This is according to our prophet
We can’t afford it, My dream is to study in the UK, my family will not agree, I don’t have the language level required, I cannot see myself there, what if I apply and they don’t accept me? what if after what if, endless hampering of ones ability, which seriously reflects of the country itself.
So my answer to these students, what if you get a scholarship? did you think of that?
I also give them this website: scholarshipsbank.com and ask them to go there and see for themselves the endless possibilities.
The education system in every country has a a very important side that goes beyond, reading, writing, arithmetic! its compounding the confidence of the learners, making them believe in themselves and letting them unleash their potential to show the world that they firstly exist and secondly can. anyone given the right circumstances can do the best, and pupil in bahrain are no different. I can only say that the students had lost their ambition, they must feel that there is no point of working hard, as their country had lost its soul.
Director of Education Zone