The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the workers, has been receiving numerous complaints from VET teachers stating that they are being asked by MATSEC to assess students who, in a responsible manner, opted for home schooling.
The same nature of VET subjects, which are ultimately applied subjects, renders remote assessment impossible. How can one assess something a student has produced if there was no educator to verify the production process? How can one verify the quality of the product, if the product is not readily available in its tangible, completed form?
And yet again, the onus of patching up something which MATSEC has evidently overlooked, was unceremoniously dumped on the teachers, who are rightfully voicing their objection. This situation was highly predictable and it should ultimately have been up to MATSEC to come up with a contingency plan at the beginning of the scholastic year to cater for students who are not attending school in person.
These teachers have had enough lumped on their plate when many were asked to redesign their content and resources to suit the requirements which this pandemic has dictated as necessary. Asking for them not only to do more, but to actually do the impossible without even considering the true nature of the subject they teach, and the sterling work they have been doing, seems to defy common sense.
For this reason, the UPE is issuing the following directive;
- Teachers who are members of the UPE, and who are currently teaching VET subjects, are not to assess students who are not physically present at school.
Should any more of our members have any queries on this issue, or are being asked to do any similar unreasonable remote assessments, they should not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our offices on 2590 5400.