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Matilda Amissah-Arthur I still stand by my Kukurantumi chalk comment – Former 2nd lady

Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur insisted that she did not err because she was drumming home the need for partnership in education.

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The wife of a former Vice President Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur has defended her controversial chalk comment two years ago in Akyem Kukurantumi, saying that she said nothing wrong.

She was speaking to the media at the launch of Mamfe Girl Child Empowerment Day by MENFYD Foundation at Mamfe-Akuapem in the Eastern Region.

She insisted that she did not err because she was drumming home the need for partnership in education.

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She added that she was taken out of context.

“I did apologize saying that, but you see, what I said was that, it is not only government that should give those things and that PTA, Old Students, the town and everybody should support and that was exactly what I said, and I was talking about partnership and here we are today in Ghana aren’t we talking about partnership? So what did I say wrong?” Mrs Amissah-Arthur asked.

She, however, insisted that she still believes the partnership is the best way to make education better.

“I am not going to stand here and say because it is not my government so I’m not saying that again, I said that in Kukurantumi, I’m saying that today that it is not the only government it is everybody’s responsibility and everybody must chip in.”

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Mrs Amissah-Arthur was criticised by the public in July 2015 after she snapped at the headmistress of Kukurantumi for requesting chalk when she presented five computers and 500 books to the Presby Day School upon a request.

However, she has insisted that she was taken out of context.

“I have told you what I said and the context which I said it, I was talking about partnering government, I was talking about people volunteering and helping and I made mention of PTA, Old students, Town people helping and I’m saying that the government alone cannot help be it NDC government or NPP government. I still stand on the point that there needs to be a partnership, there is the need to be volunteering,” she said.

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