UK education secretary leaves post in cabinet reshuffle

LONDON, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) — British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said Wednesday that he would be leaving his post, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson started making changes to his top ministerial team.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019,” Williamson said on Twitter. “I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minster and the government.”

He said he’s proud of the transformational reforms he had led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more, despite challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The removal of Williamson from his post came as he was criticised for his handling of disruption to schools and exams during the pandemic, according to local media.

Meanwhile, Robert Buckland has been removed as Justice Secretary.

Buckland tweeted: “It has been an honour to serve in government for the last seven years, and as the Lord Chancellor for the last two. I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure.”

Britain’s last major cabinet reshuffle was in February 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic started and the country went into its first COVID-19 lockdown.

Government sources told local media earlier in the day that Johnson would be appointing ministers this afternoon “with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country.”