Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning


Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Scotland

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The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning is a position in the Scottish Government cabinet responsible for the Education department. The Cabinet Secretary responsibilities include all levels of education in Scotland from nurseries to higher education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

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History

The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Children and Education; it was renamed as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs in 2000 and given more responsibilities; those were taken away from the post in 2001 and renamed again as the Minister for Education and Young People; the current position of Cabinet Secretary was created following the 2007 election.

List of office holders

Minister for Children and Education

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Sam Galbraith 16 May 1999 28 November 2001 Labour Party

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

2. Jack McConnell 28 November 2001 22 November 2002 Labour Party

Minister for Education and Young People

3. Cathy Jamieson 22 November 2002 20 May 2003 Labour Party
4. Peter Peacock 20 May 2003 14 November 2006 Labour Party
5. Hugh Henry 14 November 2006 16 May 2007 Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

6. Fiona Hyslop 16 May 2007 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party
7. Michael Russell 1 December 2009 Incumbent Scottish National Party



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