The TES is reporting that Michael Gove has said he does not yet know if everything he did during his controversial four year period as education secretary was right.
Asked why he thought he was sacked as education secretary in 2014, he said: “I think ultimately I got involved in too many arguments. As to whether or not everything I did was right, it’s still, for me, too soon to make that judgement.
“I’m really heartened by the fact that there are people who are, I think, objective about it who think that education improved over those four years.”
His wife, journalist Sarah Vine, told the programme: “Michael worked his absolute heart out, and the teachers hated it and the unions hated it, and he took all that opprobrium and all those people saying all those horrible things.
In response, he said change was necessary because young people were getting qualifications that employers did not trust, and bright students were arriving at university without skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar, or essay writing.
Told that children now had “tremendous anxiety” because of the amount of homework they are set, he said the amount his children received was “demanding” but not “excessive”.
What do you think about his time as education secretary? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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