November 24, 2015 at 11:15 am
Attn State Schools: Feedback for Parents’ Days or Evenings – IMPORTANT UPDATE
The Union refers to its prior communication issued on 13th November concerning requests to teachers to give feedback for parents’ days or evenings.
The Union had already advised members that such feedback is voluntary and not obligatory. In spite of this, reports are still reaching the union that in certain schools teachers are being asked (1) to give Gmail addresses so that feedback may be entered on a Google-run system; (2) enter comments for ALL students; (3) in some instances to adopt a classification system whereby categories of performance are to be assigned to students; (4) adhere to an imposed deadline.
In light of the above, the MUT reiterates its position that such comments are to be made on a voluntary basis. Additionally, the Union is hereby clarifying that: (1) Teachers are not obliged and may rightly refuse to give personal e-mail addresses such as Google; (2) are not obliged to enter comments for students; (3) are not obliged to adopt a classification system of performance and (4) cannot be imposed a deadline for a purely voluntary exercise.
Moreover, the Union wishes to emphatically stress that since none of the above is enshrined in any agreement, no pressures are to be exerted on teachers to comply. Any such instances are to be reported to the MUT.