We have heard of two insane and essentially identical SAC stories this week. A teacher fails their SAC audit, for idiotically nitpicky reasons, and, in the height of exam season, VCAA gives them a couple weeks to resubmit the SAC. Even though the SAC has already been completed by the students.
If anybody knows what this sadistic madness is about, and what teachers can do about it, please let us all know. And, just a reminder for anyone who’s been on Mars and doesn’t yet realise: SACs are shit.
A reader has pointed out the audit process is detailed here.
Very importantly, the reader also noted that it may be possible for the teacher to withdraw from this “Stage 2” of the audit, arguing the stress (and insanity) of revising a SAC at this late date, and given that the students have already completed the SAC. To do this, it is suggested that a semi-bigshot of the school, the VCE coordinator or a Semi-Principal, email VCAA, arguing the above and requesting the audit be deferred, to a future and reasonable date.
Also, just a quick note: this story still matters. A teacher, no one, has to simply take VCAA’s word for whatever crap VCAA throws at them. You can argue. And, whatever the formal or ad hoc process, VCAA does not like arguments, particularly if many people are arguing with them.
We have a VIT post in preparation, was discussing it with a lawyer friend, and we were describing VIT’s sociopathic indifference to the teachers they routinely screw around. He disagreed. He argued that the conduct of VIT’s staff was more self-interested than I was allowing, and he suggested the perfect Randy Newman song to accompany the (still to come) VIT post. It fits here just as well: