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Renfrewshire Council plans to cut musical instrument lessons from once a week to fortnightly. This would be a huge step back for school music departments and their pupils. Music instructors will lose their jobs - and already face threats of disciplinary action if they speak out at all.

This universally condemned plan to halve tuition could be scrapped for less than £143,000 next year. This is less than a tenth of the £2 million sum the Council are putting into balances next year.

It is time to stop the 'musical madness' and think again. By signing up, I call on Renfrewshire Council to:

1. Retain weekly musical instrument lessons.

2. Withdraw of current proposals and full review.

3. No compulsory redundancies of music/instrument staff.

4. No disciplinary action taken against staff that speak out in favour of weekly lessons.

(By responding to this petition I realise my details may be forwarded to the appropriate Council Officers and Member of the Scottish Parliament).

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The Against Renfrewshire Music Tuition Cuts! petition to Pupils/Parents/Teachers was written by Wendy Alexander MSP and is in the category Education at GoPetition.