The Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration has recommended to plenary to confirm Minister of Education-designate, George Werner. He is the former director-general of the Civil Service Agency (CSA).
According to the Committee’s report to plenary on Thursday, which was expected to be acted upon in executive session, Mr. Werner and other nominees to the Ministry of Education posts were found to be qualified for their respective designated positions following what was described as ‘thorough scrutiny.’
The recommendation was signed by five of the six members of the Education Committee namely Senators Albert Chie, co-chair; Conmany Wesseh, Milton Teahjay, Oscar Cooper, the Chairman Jewel Howard Taylor, and the excused Senator Joseph Nagbe.
Mr. Werner replaces Madam Etmonia David Tarpeh who has gone to the National Investment Commission (NIC) as head.
The soft-spoken recommended Minister informed the Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing last month, that he will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the country’s education system is overhauled from “mess to best.”
Despite his experience as a classroom teacher for years, Mr. Werner told the hearing that he would need the political support in order to succeed.
It may be recalled that Mr. Werner was once rejected by the Senate for the position of Health Minister after Senators argued that he “lacked the requisite qualification” to head such an important post since he was not a medical practitioner.
The issue of requisite qualification was one of the sticky concerns raised by members of the Health committee headed Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman, when the then Minister-designate appeared for confirmation hearing.
Werner had informed the committee that he has basic knowledge in public health care from the Children Hospital in the state of Pennsylvania, United States of America, and also taught some public health courses at the Mother Patten College of Health Sciences in Monrovia on two separate occasions.
But that did not qualify him to become the Minister of Health in the wisdom of the Senators.