Get involved in children’s education – Dr. Yamba advises parents

by Kofi Ayim

There are lots of colleges and universities for the average student, but parental involvement in their childrens’ education is key to finding the right fit for them. Dr. Zachary Yamba, former President and current Interim President of Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey offered this advice at the 1st College & Career Fair organized by the Ghana Association for Medical Aid (GAMA) Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Ghana Presbyterian Church, Orange, New Jersey.

Dr. Yamba pointed out that even though guidance counselors for the most part steer students to appropriate higher institutions, there have been known cases of guidance counselors who have advised high school students against furthering their education because they were not college material, only to be proved wrong later. He therefore challenged parents to step up to the plate to complement efforts of school guidance counselors. Dr. Yamba observed that it is next to impossible to carve a decent living in the contemporary world without college education. “No matter how long it takes, persistence would see you through,” he encouraged the mostly high school audience at the forum.

He suggested that county colleges are bridges that could be crossed over to a college or university. He strongly urged potential college students to explore top schools because they could be comparatively cheaper – based on some predetermined factors – due to their large endowment.

The event, with panelists of diverse educational and professional backgrounds and experiences was moderated by Kwame Akonnor, professor of Political Science and International Relations at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.

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