Aileen Campbell pledged the Scottish Government will bring forward legislation after 82% of those who took part in a consultation backed the change.
Scottish Government's Education Advisers Group To Meet
An expert panel set up to help Holyrood ministers improve Scotland's education system is meeting for the first time today.
The Scottish Government has recruited specialists from across the globe to be part of its International Council of Education Advisers.
Both First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who set up the new group after May's Scottish Parliament elections, and Deputy First Minister John Swinney will be present for the discussions.
As the panel - which includes members from the US, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Australia and the UK - prepared to begin its work, Ms Sturgeon stressed the importance of closing the attainment gap between rich and poor pupils in Scotland's schools.
The First Minister said: "Education is the top priority for this government and I want to ensure that Scotland is a global leader.
"A huge amount of work has been done already to drive up attainment and improve the life chances of every pupil across Scotland, but we know there is more to do.
"That is why the work being taken forward by this independent body of international experts is so important.
"I want them to challenge and scrutinise our plans for reform to ensure they are as robust as possible as we look to ensure Scotland's education system promotes excellence for generations to come.''
Police Scotland's nationwide campaign will work to reduce alcohol-related attacks, weapon use and anti-social behaviour.
Passengers reported long queues in the terminal building and pictures on social media showed the security hall in near darkness.
The charity has handled 2,500 counselling sessions in the last three years while centres in Glasgow and Aberdeen have dealt with 159 calls on the subject from children in the last year.
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred station:
Now playing: The best feel good music
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.
Find out more about some of the companies advertising on Heart Scotland- East.