NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 15:25
VVD MP Mariëlle Paul will be the new outgoing minister for Primary and Secondary Education. Insiders confirm this after a message from De Telegraaf. Paul thus succeeds Dennis Wiersma. He resigned last month after persistent reports of transgressive behavior.
Paul (56) is currently one of the education spokespersons in the VVD parliamentary group. She was born in Geldrop. Her parents had come to the Netherlands from Pakistan shortly before, because her father had found a job at DAF.
She herself studied law and worked as director of communications at construction company BAM when she came to the House of Representatives in 2021. In the last formation, she negotiated on behalf of the VVD about the education section in the coalition agreement.
She will be sworn in on Friday by King Willem-Alexander.
Paul is still unknown to the general public. Last year she was busy chairing the committee that is to prepare a parliamentary inquiry into how to deal with the corona pandemic.
Things sometimes wanted to mess around within that committee, because the MPs who sit on it often have very different opinions about the seriousness of the virus and the purpose of the approach chosen by the government. Finally, the ranks were closed again.
The decision whether an inquiry will actually be held has been postponed for the time being until the autumn, when a new report from the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) is available. Various factions have indicated that they have no MPs available for the committee of inquiry.