The Arts and Tourism Writers Association of Ghana (ATWAG) is calling on Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, the mistress of the National Science and Math Quiz (NSMQ), to immediately apologize for a statement she made on Starr FM.
While acknowledging that Presbyterian Boys Senior High School in Legon (PRESEC) consistently wins the competition, the mistress also claimed that other schools would lose because they would be singing and dancing while PRESEC would be diligently studying and getting ready for the contest.
In an open letter to Professor Kaufmann, ATWAG expressed their profound disappointment and grave worries about her statement, which they see as an insult to the worth and inventiveness of the arts.
“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,” parts of the statement sighted by 1Family Radio noted.
In the statement, which was signed by George Quaye, the President of the Association and the Quiz Mistress, she was prompted to consider the inadvertent consequences of her remarks and to acknowledge that her remarks have offended persons and institutions that value the humanities and the creative industries.
“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.”
Regardless of the academic goals of each student, ATWAG encouraged Professor Kaufmann to publicly apologize in order to show her accountability and respect for all of them. This action, in the association’s opinion, is crucial to creating a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere that honors the efforts 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.”