Renfrewshire is becoming a dark depressing place under the SNP; one of the things which took pride of place prior to the election of the SNP administration was our reputation for excellence in the field of music in our schools, St. Andrews, Grammar, Park Mains and the Renfrewshire Schools Orchestra have a reputation which is second to none along with the other schools in the area.
This success is now being put under threat by the SNP cuts, music tuition will now be supplied on a fortnightly instead of a weekly basis; this will cause job losses and will hamper the progress of young musicians. It is not a core subject but it shows the callous nature of the philistines who now run the council, music is an integral part of the school community, it’s a valuable component of what makes a school a lively and likeable place to be for everyone in the building. It really is a miserable dumbing down of our education provision to half it’s provision, can you think of a more backward action than this, what does it say to children, parents and the people of Renfrewshire, the soulless dour people in grey kilts are in charge and from now on there will be no more whistling on a Sunday, what a bunch of killjoys.
School pupils were protesting against these cuts at a schools concert last night and will do so again tonight, teachers however are not raising their voices because they are afraid to do so, this is intolerable. The SNP are acting like prison warders, teachers are not even allowed to say the obvious, that is that fortnightly tuition is not as good as weekly tuition, what are things coming to? The SNP should promise that teachers will not be disciplined for speaking their minds, is this the kind of Scotland that they want?
Yet again the SNP have gone very quiet over the matter of compulsory redundancies, surely staff are entitled to know about these things. Under labour we had a policy of no compulsory redundancies which we held for 27 years the SNP have significantly refused to give a similar guarantee to their workforce; this is the reality of the SNP in power.
I urge everyone who cares about our schools and the reputation for excellence which is being corroded by this SNP administration to protest by visiting the surgeries of SNP councillors to protest. People will now be beginning to see clearly why they decided to stop councillor’s surgeries from being advertised in the Paisley Daily Express, it’s precisely to prevent people taking them to task for educational vandalism like this.