Ghanaian music star Okyeame Kwame is facing criticism on Twitter after reports surfaced about students from Kumasi Senior High Technical School (KSTS) planning a protest due to a lack of furniture and whiteboards.
The students at KSTS, located in Patase in the Ashanti region, have given the Ministry of Education a two-week ultimatum to resolve the issue of insufficient furniture and whiteboards in their school. If their demands are not met, they have indicated that they will engage in a protest.
The students had initially planned the protest for October 5, 2023, but it was suspended on October 4, 2023, following the intervention of the regional education directorate. There are over 4,000 students at KSTS, according to reports from Starrfm.
After the news of the students’ concerns spread on Twitter, many Ghanaians on the platform brought up a controversial statement made by Okyeame Kwame during the ‘Occupy Julorbi House’ protests in September. During those protests, he criticized demonstrators and suggested that Ghanaians should rely less on the government and more on themselves for the country to improve.
He even mentioned that if the Tema Motorway wasn’t in good condition, he would work hard to pay for car repairs instead of waiting for the government to fix it. His comments generated a strong backlash on Twitter. With the new developments at KSTS, Okyeame Kwame faced criticism once again.
KSTS students’ threaten Demo over lack of furniture and white board.
Students of Kumasi Senior High Technical School (KSTS) at Patase in the Ashanti region have given the education ministry two weeks ultimatum to address lack of furniture and white board challenges the school… pic.twitter.com/j9JsOuH1pT
— GHOne TV (@GHOneTV) October 10, 2023
In response to the news, a Twitter user with the handle @jk_hagan wrote: “Okyeame Kwame says I should tell the students that if they worked hard and saved some of their pocket money, they could have bought this furniture and the whiteboards. Innovation without perspiration will lead to lamentation.”
Another user stated, “O.K will regret making that unfortunate statement. If you cannot criticize because it’s your party, then why not remain silent.”
Since the tweet about the KSTS students went viral, Okyeame Kwame has been silent on Twitter.