What must head teachers in Renfrewshire think of the council’s education convener Cllr. Cameron SNP; they are unfortunately unable to comment but they will be upset obviously at the SNP/Lib. Dem. cuts in education of nearly £9 million in less than 2 years in office, who would blame them for that but, they get on with the job as best they can and do their utmost to deliver a good education service despite savage cuts by the SNP led administration.
Imagine their dismay then at the convener when she came away with this slippery piece of evasion; at a full council meeting when she and the administration were under attack for cutting music tuition in half she said in mid rant “anyway it wasn’t us who cut the music tuition it was the head teachers themselves who did that”
So, head teachers are told that they have to accommodate cuts of approx. £9 million and they are quite rightly included in the discussions about this. Cuts are identified in various fields which they are obliged to swallow and get on with it, one of the cuts we now know is music tuition which we also now know caused a furious reaction from parents, children, teachers and the public. From the parents of a P6 pupil to internationally renowned conductor James McMillan and music schools and musicians, from orchestras to newspaper music critics; the chorus of disapproval was and is overwhelming, the Glasgow Herald’s music critic Michael Tumelty furiously describing the SNP led councillors who took this decision as ‘lunatics’
This led to Cllr. Cameron’s lowest moment yet; when the heat was on and she was under pressure; when she and the administration should have had the courage of their convictions and stood up to be counted; when they should have done the honest thing and defended their actions what did she do? She shamefully shifted the blame on to the head teachers, remember these cowardly words “anyway it wasn’t us who cut the music tuition it was the head teachers who did that themselves”
Approx. £9 million of education cuts in under 2 years and the pain and dismay which must be going with those cuts, especially for the head teachers who still have to somehow deliver and; when one of the cuts blows up in to a storm of resentment what does she do? She runs and hides; she and the SNP can’t justify the cuts and they don’t have the courage to try.
Parent to Cllr. Cameron, Cllr. Mackay et al. “Why did you cut music tuition?” Cllrs. Cameron, Mackay et al. “it wisnae us; it wis a big boay who dun it an ran awa, an he looked like a head teacher” How goes the "esprit de corps" among the teaching profession in Renfrewshire with people like this in charge?
This is the reality of the SNP/Lib. Dem. administration folks, remember it in future.