Mrs Amissah-Arthur has apologised over her chalk comment
Second lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has rendered an unqualified apology to Ghanaians over a controversial comment in Kukurantumi Presby primary school in the Eastern region.
The second lady came under attack in the media for chastising the headmistress of the school, Juliet Oppong who among other things called on government to provide her school with chalks after the second lady presented five sets of computers to the school.
According to Mrs Amissah-Arthur, the over-reliance of parents on government’s free school uniforms, saying that government had “spoilt” parents by providing school uniforms which had now made some reluctant to provide for their children.
“I think we have over pampered you people. Because we have provided free school uniforms so parents don’t even want to buy basic things for their children.
“I will not give you chalk today, neither will I give it to you tomorrow. You have teachers; you have the PTA, go and buy chalk for the school.
“The head teacher has shocked me. So if the government has provided free school uniforms and it is not up to the number your school needs, can’t you look for other alternatives to provide these items?
“You also mentioned that your school does not have chalk, log books; all these are not expensive. The government provides all these teaching and learning materials but sometimes, it is not enough for all the schools across the country,” the second lady said.
But speaking to the issue, the second lady said she was only encouraging community participation in basic schools’ welfare.
“Unfortunately it didn’t go down well with Ghanaians,” she said, adding that “On my own behalf I’m sorry for what happened that day.”