image source, Victoria Jones image caption Nadhim Zahawi arriving at Downing Street for the redesign
Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed as the new education secretary for England - replacing Gavin Williamson in the cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Zahawi is stepping down from his former post as minister responsible for the deployment of Covid vaccines.
The outgoing education secretary has been the subject of much criticism over his management of schools during the pandemic.
"We cannot pretend that we are sorry that Gavin Williamson is gone " said Kevin Courtney, teacher union leader.
Mr Zahawi, former minister of Education, was born in Iraq His family moved to the UK in 1976 when he was nine years old, attending schools and schools.freelancers in London, then studying chemical engineering at University College London.
He will now be responsible for schools, colleges and universities in England, while 'They are recovering from the disruption of the pandemic.
Mary Bousted, co-head of the National Education Union with Mr Courtney urged the new Education Secretary to ask for additional funds during the public expenditure review next month.
"The money pledged to schools so far is a small fraction of the amount deemed necessary by the former government czar for the recovery of education " said Ms. Bousted.
"The Department of Education may now be under new management, but the same challenges remain," said Geoff Barton, head of principals at the ASCL. 'union.
"More ambition is needed on resuming post-Covid education, investing in schools and colleges, supporting children with special educational needs and narrowing the achievement gap between disadvantaged students and their peers "he said.
Mr. Williamson's exit message said it had been a privilege to serve as secretary of education "despite the challenges of the global pandemic ". And he highlighted his efforts to raise the status of continuing education and skills.
"I " I am byEspecially proud of the transformational reforms I have carried out in post-16 education: in higher education institutions, our skills program, apprenticeships and more "tweeted Mr. Williamson.
Mr Williamson - the first big victim of the reshuffle - had faced a lot of criticism during the pandemic, with particular issues surrounding last summer's reviews, which saw protests and reversals over how the grades were decided.
"He didn 't accept our suggestions on how to make schools safer during Covid - and therefore kept them closed longer ", a Mr Courtney said.
But David Hughes, CEO of the Association of Colleges, praised Mr Williamson's support for continued education, despite the disruption of the pandemic.
"It was always going to be a bumpy ride for Gavin Williamson. Despite this, he helped convincecreates the Prime Minister and the Chancellor that education and skills after 16 years should be a priority "said Mr. Hughes.
'Culture war '
Jo Grady, leader of the UCU teachers union, described his tenure as "disastrous ".
"Rather than responding to the challenges of a global pandemic, he has led the charge in a totally unnecessary cultural war against university staff and students.
"A fully fabricated crop war that led to no positive change in the industry " said Dr Grady.
Labor 's Secretary of State Shadow Education Kate Green said: “Two years of exam chaos and abandoned, unsupported and demoralized staff. This is the legacy of Gavin Williamson.
"The Prime Minister allowed this to happen, keeping a failing education secretary in office for months and refusing to fight for the future of children. "