Shadow Minister for Education, the Member for Morialta John Gardner MP is very concerned about a recent Industrial Relations Commission ruling that will, in effect, make it very difficult for public schools in South Australia to allow private music instructors to engage in instrumental tutoring at public schools.
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"The process being demanded of schools if their families wish to engage private music instructors is long and bureaucratic, and I am aware of a number of schools that have already determined it may be too difficult to comply with," explains Mr Gardner.
"I believe schools should have the autonomy to make decisions like this that are appropriate for your school, in the best interests of your community, and most importantly in the best interests of your students, free from this sort of bureaucratic interference.
"I am aware that the Department now has a staff member whose role is to help schools who are trying to comply with these complex rules, and if your school is facing this situation then I encourage you to do what you can to work through the process so that students in our community don't miss out.
"However, the whole situation is absolutely unnecessary and could be overturned if we can convince the Government to change the Department's rules", Mr Gardner said.
"That is why I'm supporting the SAVE SCHOOL MUSIC campaign and I invite members of the school community to add their voices".
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