In a re-shuffle of the DUP ministerial line-up at Stormont, Michelle McIlveen has been chosen as the new education minister replacing Peter Weir who took up the role in 2020 (and previously from 2016 to 2017).
A former student at Belfast’s Methodist College, Ms McIlveen holds a masters in Irish politics and a certificate in education from Queen’s University Belfast. She is also is a former teacher of history and politics to A-level students at Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast.
The Strangford MLA, has said she “does not underestimate the challenges ahead”.
In a series of Tweets on Tuesday 8 June the departing Minister Peter Weir wrote: “It has been a privilege to serve as Education Minister, and a joy to see the dedication of all involved in the education system from students, parents, principals, teachers, youth workers and all education staff.”
And: “I have done my best for all over the last 16 months, and no doubt haven’t got everything right. Michelle will pick up the baton and will run with it.”
He also offered his congratulations to Ms McIlveen on becoming Education Minister and added, “I know she will do a great job.”