10 April 2018
The Education Minister, Deputy Rod Bryans, has made the following statement today (Tuesday 10 April) about his decision not to stand at the forthcoming election:
"I will be sorry to leave the assembly at this point as I believe there will be some fundamental changes in the future government and it would be interesting to be at the heart of the decision-making but my time has passed and there are other opportunities I now wish to pursue.
"I have been fortunate, both as Assistant Minister and as Minister, to work with an excellent department. Everyone - without exception - I found to be highly dedicated, deeply compassionate and extremely professional and it has been a joy to work alongside them. From the Director, the Senior Management team, through to all of my colleagues spread around the Highlands complex, I have experienced a culture focused on the wellbeing and learning of this Island's children.
"Right across the broad landscape of education - the schools, the colleges, both private and States-run - there is to be found a wealth of ability and experience in our head-teachers, the teachers and all of the staff who support them. They are highly professional people dedicated to the wellbeing and education of our children. It has been a real privilege to serve them as Minister and I am sure that whoever is lucky enough to serve as Minister in the future will inherit an education system the Island should be justly proud of.
"To all of those people who serve within the education system, thank you for what you have done, what you are doing and what you will do in the future. You have moved mountains over the last few years and your passion and dedication have not gone unnoticed. Long may it continue.
"I was honoured to be chosen by the Chief Minister first as Assistant Minister and then as Minister and I gave everything I could to that role. Education will always remain a passion of mine.
"Two weeks ago to the day I became 65. Days later my second grandchild arrived with a third soon to appear. It is time for me to spend more time with my lovely family who have been extremely supportive of me during these last turbulent few months.
"I am sorry to disappoint friends, colleagues and the electorate, but thank you your help, support and advice it was invaluable.
"I hope the role I have played has made a difference for the better."