Senate Casts Vote of No Confidence Against Education Minister

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Lofa County Sen. Tengbeh Chair on Lands, Mines and Energy Committee.

For ‘undermining the education system on Facebook’

The Liberian Senate late yesterday evening reportedly cast a vote of no confidence against Education Minister George Werner, for utterances the Senators said were against the promotion of education in the country. Reports received by this paper said the lawmakers took the decision after an executive (closed door) session.

The Senators decision was prompted by a letter from Montserrado County ranking Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif in which she accused the Minister of undermining the education system.

In her communication dated August 21, 2017, Senator Doe-Sherif among other things accused Werner of posting on Facebook that debates could be a setup by the meritocratic elite to show case how educated and knowledgeable they are to eliminate those that are perceived to be uneducated. “To the book people, education does promote equality and shared prosperity, ” the Senator’s letter quoted the Minister.

The letter further quoted Minister Werner as stating on Facebook that “debate does not make sense and in other words, it is ‘tabata’ (according to him in Kru dialect).”

And accordingly, in their marathon debate in unlit dark Chamber, the Senators did hide their anger and asked that he offer an open apology, admonished him to stop discussing national issues in the social media as a government official.

But apparently, the Minister was prepared to let it go without attempting to put up a defense, and it was at this juncture that Pro Tempore Armah Jallah requested plenary for a Senator to second a motion for executive, where they decided the fate of the unrepenting Minister.

Meanwhile, it has been learned that Lofa County ranking Senator George Tengbeh immediately announced that he will take advantage of the privilege of a motion for reconsideration.

2 COMMENTS

  1. As an Education Minister, he should have been more circumspect” ON WHAT? As a matter of fact even putting aside for a moment one´s rights to belief, opinion, and expressions, what is very disappointing is to see such an august body also behaving as those BLINDLY equating “education and intellectualism” with a fanfare for power-seeking hypocrites who are known as liars and thieves, masking their selfish interests behind the rhetoric of public service and ideological conviction!!!? The Minister of Education is the Minister for academia, and not the minister of politics, nor a PR for presidential wanabees!!!

    Only phonies and opportunists whether in whichever position compromise the truth to please politicians! Besides, it is a certain and established fact and truth, that such fanfares called “political debates” are realisticly too criminal and immoral for students to watch or listen to; taking into account the fact that 99.9% (if not 100%) of what are promised by those so called debaters are mere promises they have no intention of keeping! The evidence abound from J.J. Roberts to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and across the globe!

    Accordingly, instead of VERY WRONGLY intentionally or unintentionally telling students that the practice or mastery of the art of lying (political debate), is the sine qua non of academia or the truth, you should be applauding your Minister of Education for following the traditions of educators as Socrates, Jesus, The Prophet Mohammed, Gallilio, etc. etc.; all of whom chose to die if that what was the cost for “firing” the truth as Minister George Werner thunderforth!!! TRUTH KNOWS NO BARRIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Please don’t blame the Minister, because he’s not qualified and thinking he is. If he did public speaking and/ or intellectual discussion then of course he couldn’t have said that. Please forgive him and let us tell our outgoing and incoming leaders not to give job to people because of the relationship but capability and knowledge of our country.

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