Keith Brown MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Clackmannanshire & Dunblane constituency, has welcomed the news that fees for children learning a musical instrument at school will be removed thanks to more than £7 million funding from the Scottish Government. Councils will also receive £6 million to waive core curriculum charges which can be levied on families for things including materials for home economics or theatre trips associated with drama qualifications.
Speaking this afternoon, Keith said:
“Removing charges for music tuition as well as for some of those other costs that can take hard-pressed parents by surprise throughout the school year were two of the pledges I made during the election campaign and I am delighted to see them being delivered in time for the start of the new school year next month.
““The SNP is firmly committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for all young people attending Scotland’s schools and this package of support means the removal of another obstacle to equality of opportunity and the stigma that can come from being left out or left behind.”