New education boss confirmed

TRACY WATKINS
Last updated 11:32 25/06/2013

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The top former public servant called in to restore order to the troubled Ministry of Education has been confirmed as its new boss.

Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie today confirmed Peter Hughes had been appointed secretary for education and chief executive of the Ministry of Education.

Hughes was seconded to the ministry as acting secretary after former education boss Lesley Longstone abruptly resigned after a relationship breakdown with Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Hughes, the former head of the Ministry of Social Development, was asked to sort out the Education Ministry after a string of problems including the Novopay school pay debacle, a botched consultation process over school closures in Christchurch, and a government backdown on class sizes.

In 2012 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to the State after a lifetime of service in the state sector, starting as a clerk.

Hughes' appointment is for five years and is effective immediately.

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