The Second Lady, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, has scolded the headmistress of a school in the Eastern Region for requesting some “basic” educational materials from the government, according to Accra-based Adom FM.
The Headmistress of Kukurantumi Presby Primary School, Mrs Juliet Oppong, who was expressing gratitude to Mrs Amissah-Arthur for presenting five sets of computers to the school, appealed to her to communicate to the government to provide some “basic” items like logbooks for teachers and chalks which, she said, were in short supply in the school.
“The elderly say if you want to communicate something to God, you say it to the wind. We are therefore requesting of you to tell government to try and come to our aide with these things which are in short supply in the school…,” Mrs Oppong said.
Her request, however, did not go down well with the Second Lady, who instructed that the school makes arrangements to acquire items like chalk on its own.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur urged the headmistress to tap into the school’s alumni base to secure assistance in providing basic educational materials, adding that the government cannot provide everything for schools.
“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…,” she was quoted as having said by Adomonline.com.
Mrs Amissah-Arthur is quoted as having added: “Secondly, you talk about log books and school uniforms, I think we have spoilt you so parents don’t want to even buy school uniforms…head teacher eii, find another means of helping yourself….
“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…."