Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, comments on the appointment of Michelle McIlveen to replace Peter Weir as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education.
Commenting on the appointment of Michelle McIlveen to replace Peter Weir as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Education, Robert Wilson Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, said:
“We offer our warmest congratulations to Michelle McIlveen on her appointment as Minister of Education. This is a crucial role for current and future generations of learners in Northern Ireland and we very much look forward to working closely with her in her new post.
“She takes the educational reins at an absolutely critical point for thousands of students across Northern Ireland whose learning and examinations have been so severely affected by Covid 19 and for schools and colleges as they recover from the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic.
“Education leaders across Northern Ireland will be very keen to hear the new Minister’s thoughts on the future of education and, in particular, the much-needed transformation agenda and delivering on the ‘A Fair Start’ report and action plan, which sets an ambitious agenda.
“It will be important for Minister McIlveen to ensure that the appropriate resources are allocated to ensure that the key recommendations of this report can be carried forward for the benefit of this and future generations of young people.
“She will also have plenty to keep her occupied around the continuing funding crisis which plagues so many of our schools.
“We enjoyed a very positive and mutually respectful relationship with Minister McIlveen’s predecessor, Peter Weir, and hope that we are able to continue into this new chapter in a similar vein.”