The cultural vandals A.K.A. the SNP/Lib.Dem Cllrs. who run Renfrewshire Council have been forced in to a partial climb down over cuts to music tuition in our schools, tuition will continue as before but only in primary school, in S1 S2 the tuition will still be cut in half, congratulations are due to the parents and pupils who took up the fight but, it has to go on until the cuts are completely reversed.
Whenever I address this issue I can’t avoid letting people know what some of the SNP led administration Councillors have said. Here are some facts to consider; a pupil taking music in S1 & S2 will get one lesson a fortnight; pupils taking music in S1 & S2 prior to these cuts received one lesson a week; by my reckoning this means that today’s children taking music will; after two years in S1 & S2 have missed out on a whole years tuition. I invite any SNP/Lib.Dem. Cllrs. to explain to me if and where I am getting this wrong. Now consider this.
“No child will be disadvantaged by these savings/cuts”
Cllr. Cameron SNP Education Convener.
“As convener of arts provision in Renfrewshire Council, I say that our budgetary decisions will enhance, not harm, music tuition”
Cllr. McCartin Lib. Dem. Arts Convener & deputy Council Leader”
“I would encourage you, if you have not already done so, to ensure your council is aware of the specific concerns you have raised to allow them to be taken into account in reaching future spending decisions”
Email to concerned parent from Scottish Government, on behalf of First Minister Alex Salmond urging them to lobby the SNP led Renfrewshire Coucil.
“music is not a core subject”
Cllrs. Cameron & McCartin
*** “Renfrewshire Council have advised that they currently provide weekly half hour lessons for pupils as an enhancement to the core music in all schools” from same email above from Alex Salmond.
The parents; pupils etc. who opposed these cuts were misled by the SNP/Lib. Dem. Cllrs. who told them that the decision to cut music tuition could not be reversed and it now has been. Are they ignorant of the rules or are they dishonest? People will make up their own minds. They misled people further by saying that Labour did not oppose the music cuts in the SNP/Lib.Dem.budget when the facts which can be checked are that Labour’s alternative budget did not propose any education cuts; not one penny !
This proves that the SNP/Lib.Dem. Administration are unable to defend their own policies, that’s why they caused the special meeting on this matter to be abandoned, a cowardly underhand act.
The fight goes on to fully restore music tuition in Renfrewshire Schools our children deserve nothing less.