The Second lady rendered an unqualified apology to Ghanaians over a controversial comment in Kukurantumi which has generated heated political and national debate.
Dr. Evans Aggrey Darko, Political Science lecturer, has commended Second Lady, Matilda Amissah-Arthur for apologising for the controversial chalk comment.
He opines that the gesture by Mrs. Amissah-Arthur is a sign of maturity and respect.
“I think she has done well. In a democracy if speak in a manner that people don’t feel comfortable with, it’s only fair that you withdraw and move on.
“She has apologised and I think it’s good for our democracy. Her gesture is a sign of maturity and respect,” he said on Peace FM.
Her outburst followed a request made by the headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby Primary School, Juliet Oppong that the government should among other things, provide her school with chalks after the second lady presented five sets of computers to the school.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur lamented 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,” she fumed.
But speaking at the 40th anniversary of the Jack and Jill School in Cantonment, Accra, Mrs. Amissah Arthur said her refusal to grant the school’s request for a common chalk was intended to encourage the community to participate in the educational wellbeing of the basic school.