'Championing the rights of children'

Former education secretary attacks Michael Gove

Garry Fri 25 Oct 2013 10:35

Lord Baker says Gove is basing all his policies on his own experience and says Cameron is 'not interested' in education.

A former Tory education secretary says David Cameron is not very interested in education and Michael Gove is basing coalition policies on his own "irrelevant" experience as a student from a poor background who rose to the top.

Lord Baker, who served under Margaret Thatcher, said: "Michael Gove is a very dominant education secretary whose policies are entirely derived from his own educational experience. 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. Well, that is not actually true, and that is dominating the attitude of a key minister in government."

In comments first reported by Civil Service World, the former Conservative cabinet minister said his experience of prime ministers and their views on education was that "they're not worth listening to, quite frankly".

"They invariably extrapolate from their own experience, which is totally irrelevant ... Whether they've been to a state school or a public school, university or not, their views are totally out of date, in my experience."

Read more... (The Guardian - 24 October)