SCOTLAND could have two new education ministers within the month following the sudden death on Wednesday of Donald Dewar, the First Minister, which has stunned Scottish political and public life.
Henry McLeish, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Minister, is a strong contender to take over as leader of the Labour Party and First Minister. Mr McLeish paid tribute to "the architect of the most successful constitutional change this century".
Sam Galbraith, Children and Education Minister, was fiercely protected by r Dewar during the exams crisis and his future must now be uncertain. Mr Galbraith praised Mr Dewar's loyalty and lauded his anti-poverty crusade. The creation of new community schools in particular clearly reflected his social justice agenda.
Mr Dewar gave these passions eloquent voice at the TES ScotlandEdinburgh Council conference two years ago: "The lives of many children continue to be played out in circumstances of great disadvantage and the expectation of failure lies heavily across their path."