Ex-education secretary Kenneth Baker has claimed that the government’s education policies are a result of Mr. Gove’s own schooldays. He also thinks that that David Cameron isn’t interested in education!
Kenneth Baker was education secretary in Margaret Thatcher’s government in the 1980s and is now a leading proponent of education initiatives for 14 to 19 year-olds. Speaking in the week that Mr. Gove’s free school programme caused a rift at the heart of the coalition, he claimed that his policies could fail children who don’t possess his natural advantages, the Independent reports.
Lord Baker said: “Michael Gove is a very dominant education secretary whose policies are entirely derived from his own educational experiences. Michael Gove had a tough upbringing and he believes if he did it, anybody in the country could do what he did: whether they’re orphans, whether they’re poor, whether they’re impoverished, they can all rise to the top. That is not actually true, and that is dominating the attitude of a key minister in government.”
Lord Baker did not reserve his criticism for the education secretary, saying that David Cameron “was not that interested in education, frankly”. His opinion of prime ministers’ views on education was that “they’re not worth listening to, quite frankly”, because: “They invariably extrapolate from their own experience, which is totally irrelevant.”
The NUT’s Christine Blower said that Lord Baker’s comments were “yet another nail in the coffin” for Mr. Gove’s “personal vision for education” and that: “It really is time we returned to evidence-based education policies.”
The DfE declined to comment on Lord Baker’s remarks.
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