Chalk controversy: NPP donates to Kukurantumi Presby school

Representatives of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Kukurantumi in the Eastern region have donated boxes of chalk to the Presby primary school at Kukurantumi.

The donation comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding comments made by the Second Lady Matilda Amissah-Arthur while delivering a speech in the town Tuesday.

The Headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby Primary School, Mrs. Juliet Oppong, while thanking the Second Lady for the presentation of five set of computers to the school, appealed to her to communicate to government to provide some basic materials such as log books for teachers and chalk which were in short supply in the school.

Mrs Amissah-Arthur in response said: “The Head teacher has shocked me…she said you lack chalk and log books…I am very shocked that you are today asking me about chalk…how much is a box of chalk…I won’t give you chalk today, I won’t give you chalk tomorrow.

“Design a database of old students of the school and together with the PTA and teachers, provide your own chalk. The government has ‘spoilt’ Ghanaians by providing for even basic needs and that has led to parents becoming reluctant to acquire school uniforms for their wards and are instead relying on the free school uniforms by government… I will even feel shy to go to Accra and call on the government to come and provide chalk…it would be very difficult for me to do so.”

The NPP executives who are infuriated by the remarks of the second lady stormed the school and made their chalk donation Friday morning.

Ansah also reports that parents of the pupils in the school are angry at the headmistress for “embarrassing” them before Mrs. Amissah-Arthur.