Letter: Schools should not be run like businesses

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Your article, “43 teachers to face the axe?” was a sobering read.

It served to highlight the fact that the crisis in funding facing schools nationally has now arrived on our doorstep.

The possible cuts to staffing and the budget outlined in your article will have a hugely detrimental impact on our local schools.

It beggars belief that the UK, one of the richest nations in the world, now has schools turning to fund-raising in order to deliver education.

BBC Look North has featured schools that have resorted to asking parents for contributions and national newspaper articles have reported schools having to host weddings, set up nurseries, laying on fitness classes for example, to bring in money to provide education and curriculum essentials for our children.

My concern is, should schools be reduced to some sort of corporate entertainment business to generate enough money to pay for essential items?

Surely, the job of schools is to educate, inspire and equip our children with the skills necessary to become independent members of society.

Schools should not have to view themselves as businesses and neither should head teachers be obliged to take on the additional role of entrepreneurs.

Unfortunately, as we all know, the more affluent areas with more disposable income will be the beneficiaries.

Whatever happened to the notion of a level playing field?

Heather Relf

Esk Terrace, Whitby