Letter - Not the way to treat professionally qualified music teachers

HOT on the heels of the closure of Clarke Hall, we learn from last week’s Wakefield Express that the music teachers of the city’s exceptional Music Service are to be downgraded to instructors, with corresponding substantial pay reductions.

What message does this send to our children? That Wakefield MDC is no longer interested in them and is not prepared to invest in their education?

Alternatively, they could study hard, obtain degrees and professional teaching qualifications and then be completely undervalued and demotivated when their employer decides that their qualifications are worthless. As a Labour controlled council, how does this adhere to the “reward for hard work” value promoted by the Labour Party?

These teachers deliver a wonderful service, not only in education but in all of the other extracurricular activities such as the Saturday morning music centre.

How often do we hear complaints of children having nothing to do, potentially becoming a nuisance? Here is a service that educates, builds skills and confidence, instils commitment, develops relationships and team work, all delivered by hard-working, professional teachers. These are essential life skills and an important part of every child’s education.

What of the teachers? Yes we are all in austere times, but how many of us could pay our mortgage and householder bills following a substantial pay cut? How does Sue Johnson propose we attract and retain talented music teachers to teach our children?

So, come on Wakefield MDC, this is not the way to treat professionally qualified music teachers, and sends the wrong message to our children.

R C Grant

Sowood Grange