PR LAHORE - Beaconhouse TNS DHA Saturday organised a panel discussion as an advance event of its School of Tomorrow Education and Cultural Festival to be held in Karachi on the 28th and 29th of November 2015.

The panel discussed the merits of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge International Examination system (CIE O and A level), keeping in mind the academic and professional needs of the future. Panelists included Dr Lawrence Burke, Director of Education Beaconhouse School System, Dr Ali Khan, Chair Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at LUMS, Dr C J Dubash, Vice Rector FC College and Taymur Mirza, Head of The International School and Founder and Board member IB Pakistan.

The session was moderated by Fahd Hussain, executive director of an Urdu news channel. A large number of parents attended the gathering, which was conducted in the newly constructed, state of the art multimedia hall at TNS. Dr Dubash and Dr Khan, both representatives of local universities, emphasized the importance of universities beginning to demand a greater variety of skills and experiences from their applicants than those traditionally expected from Pakistani students. They underlined the need for educationists to move away from rote learning and cultivate a culture of questioning and independent learning, as an enquiring mind is one that will succeed both academically and professionally in the future.

They also emphasized the importance of parents allowing children to choose their own academic and professional paths. Dr Burke and Mirza both explained the merits of the CIE and the IB. However, they both emphasized the importance of choosing an academic path that creates flexible students who are able to grow and develop with a yet unknown future. The panel was followed by a Q& A session, where Rukhsana Monnoo, representative of the USEF Pakistan, was also on hand to answer parents’ questions regarding international university requirements and what system to choose according your child’s learning aptitudes and preferences.