NSMQ Mistress Must Apologise For “Singing And Dancing” Comments, ATWAG Demands
The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) has issued a formal request for an unqualified apology from the Mistress for the National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ), Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, following a statement she made during a recent interview on Starr FM.
In the interview with Bola Ray on Starr Chat, Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann acknowledged the impressive track record of Presbyterian Boys Senior High School – Legon (PRESEC) in the NSMQ while suggesting that the reason other schools don’t win the contest is because while “singing and dancing”, PRESEC focuses on serious learning and quiz preparation.
ATWAG, in the open letter addressed to Professor Kaufmann, expressed deep concern and disappointment regarding her statement, which they believe is an affront to the value and creativity of the arts. (Watch how PRESEC boys entered their campus after winning 2023 NSMQ )
“While science and math are undoubtedly crucial subjects, it is equally important to acknowledge the significant role that the Arts and Humanities play in shaping our world. They foster creativity, critical thinking, empathy, and cultural understanding,” part of the statement reads.
The press release signed by George Quaye, President of the Association, urged the Quiz Mistress to contemplate the unintended repercussions of her statement, requesting her to recognise the offense of her comments to schools and individuals who prioritise the Arts and Humanities.
“In light of the rapid advancements in AI and technology, it becomes even more crucial to emphasize the importance of the Arts. These fields provide the emotional and imaginative aspects that AI cannot replicate. They contribute to the fabric of our society and enhance our overall well-being.”
ATWAG urged Professor Kaufmann to issue a public apology to demonstrate her accountability and respect for all students, regardless of their academic pursuits. The association believes that this step is essential in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment that celebrates the contributions of both Science and the Arts.
“It is essential to respect and appreciate the diverse talents and interests of students in all fields of study.”
The association also requested Primetime Limited, producers of NSMQ, to address the matter promptly and ensure that all participants and viewers feel valued and respected.