Midlothian council “fly in the face” of the Scottish Government by axing all music tuition for school pupils

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Midlothian council will be the first in Scotland to scrap musical tuition for all school pupils who are not participating in Higher or National five exams, a move that “flies in the face” of Scottish Government guidelines.

The recent council proposal, denying all pupils below S4 the right to study a musical instrument outside of school hours, is expected to be announced before the boards budget meeting on the 12th of February.

The cuts are set to be introduced after a campaign was set up last year, actively criticising multiple local authorities who implemented high pricing for musical lessons. Midlothian council currently charge £205 a year for instrumental lessons and are the only board in Scotland enforcing charges for pupils who sit exams in music, raising concern amongst parents who have been questioning the authority on their child’s right to a free education.

Scottish policy dictates that no parent should have to pay any form of tuition if their child is sitting SQA examinations in that subject.

However, elsewhere Moray council has revealed plans to increase musical tuition to £699 a year, making it the highest in Scotland.

An experienced Edinburgh based instrumental teacher and union representative who spoke to us on the condition of anonymity claims the recent cuts contradict the Scottish Governments attitude towards free education.

He said; ‘It means that only the better off will have access to private tuition and the range of instruments will be limited. It flies in the face of recent Scottish government guidelines that tuition should be free.’

A spokeswoman for the council claims the cuts are an inevitable measure given an £11.5 million shortfall in the councils budget this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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