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Highland Council scraps musical instrument fees

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Image caption Teaching union the EIS had criticised music tuition fees

Highland Council has scrapped fees for S4 to S6 pupils who are learning to play a musical instrument and also studying an SQA music course.

The local authority charged about 300 pupils £252-a-year for instrumental instruction.

The decision to end the payments followed a meeting between the council and a Scottish government working group.

It has been reviewing the charging of school pupils for instrumental tuition.

A meeting of the full council on Thursday approved scrapping the charges.

Highland Council was among local authorities criticised last year for charging instrumental music tuition fees.

Teaching union the EIS accused Scottish councils of making "profits" and then using the money to "shore up" budgets.

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