Responsibility for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has been assigned to Daryll Matthew following the resignation of the former holder of the post, Michael Browne.
Browne resigned his ministerial post and position in the Cabinet after he was arrested and charged with a serious crime.
Matthew received instruments of appointment in a brief ceremony held at Government House presided over by Governor General Sir Rodney Williams.
Matthew now heads a newly titled Ministry of Education, Sports and Creative Industries.
Browne tendered his resignation prior to being charged on Thursday morning and this decision was communicated to the Cabinet through its formal channels.
Speaking with reporters after receiving the instruments of appointment, Matthew explained that he will retain his present portfolio, National Festivals, Sports, Culture and the Arts.
“It is with a heavy heart, but with immense pride that I accept the responsibilities conferred on me here. It is certainly not the circumstances I would have preferred, however, I do commit and pledge to do my best in this ministry with these additional responsibilities. I do accept that to whom much is given much is expected,” he remarked.
He also acknowledged the difficult circumstances under which education is being administered.
Under the policy outlined by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, any Cabinet member charged with a serious crime must tender their resignation in order to address their legal issues . Should the Cabinet member implicated in such a situation clear their name, the Browne administration has assured that the person under scrutiny will be welcomed back into the Cabinet.
Michael Browne maintains that he is innocent of the charge leveled against him. He was released on bail when he appeared before the Magistrate’s court in All Saints on Thursday morning.