Gove replaced as education secretary as part of Cameron’s cabinet reshuffle
Michael Gove has been demoted to chief whip following a major cabinet reshuffle to enhance the Conservatives’ public image.
Cameron tweeted yesterday: “Michael Gove is Commons chief whip. He’ll have an enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews.” While a host of people from the teaching profession exclaimed joy over Gove’s departure, trending images and statements of relief with a #goveisgone tag on Twitter.
Gove will be succeeded by Nicky Morgan as education secretary in Cameron’s attempt to carry out plans to “promote women to senior posts”.
During Gove’s four year stint as education secretary he has overseen some of the government’s most radical plans within England’s schooling system. With academies and free schools expanding rapidly under the coalition, Gove has repeatedly come under fire for failing the schooling system and by removing struggling primaries from council control and placing them in the hands of private sponsors.
Controversially, Gove also axed some steadfast american literature classics, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, from the GCSE syllabus in an attempt to include more works from the “English canon”. The move was opposed by many from the publishing and teaching professions alike.
After the reshuffle was confirmed, National Union of Teachers (NUT) general secretary Christine Blower stated in a press release: “Michael Gove has clearly lost the support of the profession and parents for justifiable reasons. His vision for education is simply wrong. His pursuit of the unnecessary and often unwanted free schools and academies programme, the use of unqualified teachers, the failure to address the school place crisis and endless ill-thought out reforms to examinations and the curriculum have been his hallmark in office.”
Although the departure of Gove has been met with widespread relief from the teaching profession, the promotion of Nicky Morgan to the role of education secretary has received mixed reactions.