Commenting on the appointment of Huw Lewis as the new Labour Education Minister, Angela Burns AM, Shadow Minister for Education, said:
"I welcome Huw Lewis to his new post and look forward to working with him and hearing his plans to raise education standards following on from the efforts of his predecessor Leighton Andrews.
"While I disagreed with many of Leighton Andrews’ policy decisions, I pay tribute to his unashamed desire to raise standards after a decade of decline. His absence from Carwyn Jones’ Government leaves the Cabinet far weaker without the only Minister with the drive to actually do anything.
"The new Minister faces a full in-tray and I urge him to carefully consider a new direction on school banding, the possibility of retaining the three country GCSE and the sustainability of Higher Education funding.
"After years of damning results and reports about poor literacy and numeracy standards, we need a bold vision to empower teachers and introduce a well-resourced focus on equipping our young people with the skills and qualifications which are highly sought after by employers."