Sunday 2 February 2014

Three years is long enough in education role, claims man in 4th year of education role

Michael Gove ofsted changes Baroness Morgan

Education secretary Michael Gove has chosen his fourth year in charge of the nation’s education policy to insist that three years is long enough for anyone to be in charge in education policy.

Gove announced that the removal of Ofsted chief Baroness Morgan after three years in the role was nothing to do with her being a former Labour MP, and more to do with the fact that after three years in an education role she was “probably getting a bit stale”.

Gove insisted that the decision to remove Morgan was not political, telling the Andrew Marr show without the slightest hint of irony,  “One of the things I feel is that from time to time you need to refresh the person who is in charge of an organisation.”

“Of course, that doesn’t actually apply to organisations that look after education, just education related organisations.”

“I can see why you might be confused by that, and you’re probably assuming that I’m being a massive bloody hypocrite for political purposes, but you couldn’t be more wrong.”

“This is about what’s best for education related organisations, of which Ofsted is definitely one.”

“No, it’s not the same for the Department for Education.  Look, all I’m saying is that all education organisations are equal, but some are more equal than others.”

Gove on Ofsted reform

Teachers have spoken of their initial excitement upon hearing Gove announce the three-year limit for people involved in education policy, only to be disappointed by his apparent inability to count to four.

As one explained, “This man has unprecedented power over the education of your children, and yet he can’t count to a number you can literally reach with the fingers of one hand.”

“God help us all.”

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