Justine Greening becomes education secretary: Twitter reaction

The new education secretary will also oversee higher education

July 14, 2016
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Justine Greening is the new secretary of state for education, a role that prime minister Theresa May has expanded to include higher education.

Ms Greening will also serve as minister for women and equalities. Before today's cabinet shake-up, she was secretary of state for international development – a post she had held since 2012. Previously, she had spent a year as secretary of state for transport.

There are rumours that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will cease to exist, and be merged into a new Business, Energy and Industry department. 

News that the education and higher education briefs were to be united was generally welcomed by commentators on Twitter.

The education editor of The Guardian described it as a “sensible move”. 

THE editor John Gill said that he hoped the merger might lead to a more coherent approach to social mobility. 

However, BBC Newsnight's Chris Cook was less optimistic...

...while our own political correspondent, John Morgan, stressed that much depends on where the research budget ends up.

 

#DearJustine

In response to the appointment of Ms Greening, THE and its sister publication TES, asked their Twitter followers what the priority issues were for the new education secretary. 

You can follow their suggestions live on the #DearJustine feed on Twitter. Here are some highlights.

Update: 4:25pm - your tweets are coming in thick and fast!

We will be retweeting more reaction to the appointment from our Twitter account. Follow us! 

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