Land of Opportunity is PakistanBy Ghazala Khan • Jul 29th, 2011 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 16 Comments
It’s a full blown project to go to United Kingdom for higher studies. This is also the easiest and surefire way these days to get into the UK and then vanish. Above all, this is the most painful and speedy way to make one’s life a living hell and to destroy one’s life by one’s own hand.
Thousands upon thousands of Pakistanis are in line to get to the UK. They are attending various seminars being held in different hotels of Pakistan, getting colorful brochures and getting briefed by some slim smart girl about the dreamy life in London or Glasgow. The brochures also contain glamorous pictures of blonde girls holding hands with the Asian boys with books open in their front and a majestic building in the backdrop. By sitting their holding that brochures, the boys replace the happy boy in picture with their smiling picture.
Then start a lengthy and painful and expensive process of going through hiring a consultant, paying hefty fee, arranging documents, character certificates, attestations, medical and a long wait and above all paying huge sum of money to someone in UK. After passing through this long process, when these students land in UK and go to the address of university, they see either some African or Asia sitting acting like Vice Chancellor of University and getting rest of amount from students and sending them to a non-existent university.
Due to shame, frustration and fear, the students don’t go to police or inform their family back home and keep trying getting admission somewhere and soon exhaust the money they brought with them. After that they start looking for petty jobs and they dont even get that and then they end up not having money to even eat a muffin. They start begging or wiping toilets or doing petty crimes. Some end up in jail, or some return after humiliation of life time, and some commit suicide.
A student wastes away some 3 million rupees on average upon this whole education scam in UK. With that three million, they can start their own business with in Pakistan. That’s a huge money. Despite of security issues and corruption, we all know that Pakistan is very fertile for business. With hard work and dedication and perseverance and with 3 million, these students not only can get best of education, they can also start their own business or do job and capitalize on those savings. These students can start online business with few thousands rupees, or they can have a small to medium sized business in any technology from telecom to agriculture to any other according to their aptitude.
As a last note, don’t the UK government knows about this scam? Its not possible that they are unaware of such looting. It seems that they are trying to save away from economic depression by earning money this way.