It has been long said by the vast majority that Michael Gove should not be our Education Secretary after his seemingly relentless assault on the teaching profession.
Well it seems our wish is David Cameron’s command, as Mr Gove is no longer the Education Secretary as he has been moved to Chief Whip in one of many changes made in a cabinet reshuffle.
He has been replaced by former Treasury Minister Nicky Morgan in a move by David Cameron to promote more women into top jobs in an attempt to convince voters that the ‘male, pale and stale’ imagine that has often been linked to the Conservative government in the media is inaccurate.
So who is Nicky Morgan? Well, she is a Loughborough MP who has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the politic hierarchy in the last 4 years, and The Huffington Post list 7 things that we need to know about her;
1) She’s only been in politic office since 2010
2) She is one of 2 mothers in the new cabinet (hardly an act to deal with the ‘male, pale and stale’ image but it’s a start I guess)
3) She voted against gay marriage, although did explain that she is not against same sex relationships, but to her marriage is between a man and a woman
4) She won’t be dealing with gay marriage. Downing Street hastily announced Nick Boles, the new education and skill minister who is also gay, would be taking charge of implementing same-sex marriage.
5) She famously said in January that the tories should ‘hate less’. Morgan said in January the party needed to have a more constructive message than simply: ‘we’re against this, we’re anti-that, we don’t like them, we don’t want them here, we don’t want them doing this.’
6) She supported a reduction in the upper limits of abortion from 24 weeks to 20
7) She is one of 14 Oxbridge graduates out of 23 members of the new cabinet (Hardly representing the major population are they?)
As you can see from this list, none of that has anything to do with education as such. Well that is because if we examine her background, education hasn’t really featured a huge amount at all. She graduated from Oxford as a solicitor and worked as a corporate lawyer specialising in mergers and acquisitions.
Politically speaking, the only real mention of anything education related noted about her was in the early stage of her political career where she appeared on the Politics Show in 2010 talking about the tripling of the student tuition fees.
Am I the only one thinking here that this is not the sort of person who we want to replace Michael Gove? In all the time I’ve been interested in politics, it has always been my belief that the person who takes on a political role should have experience in that field, for example, the Education Secretary should have experience of education, ie. a former teacher or head teacher perhaps. Aside from being a mother and her own school experiences, she has none. As much as I respect Mr Cameron’s ploy to get more women in top roles in politics and I support that, we need to make sure the right people are in the right roles to ensure the growth of our economy and keeping the growth stable.
I am eagerly anticipating what is gonna happen now we have someone new in charge of our education system. Here’s hoping this Education Secretary listens to everyone else before making rash decisions.