On May 18th an inspection report was published by the Dutch Inspectorate based on the Vocational stream and the qualification of this stream/curriculum.
I can’t remember that anybody, including PTA and MR and most of all the SCS, informed you about this evaluation.
Therefore I will give you a clear and objective report on this evaluation inspection document that will influence your child; in particular those in the vocational stream but also for those in other classes.
The report states at page 5:
The teachers have after the examination in 2014 the instruments of the two courses in a short period of time greatly improved, which is below the conditions can be considered an achievement. Students in 2014 examined under the enhanced instruments and could only result in October exam. The school has demonstrated through its actions for realization the urgency of the findings at the time. Nevertheless also satisfy the exams. The three programs do not meet the requirements. Again, the inspection finds that the instruments , the decline and the assessment and the certification are not sufficient.
With other words the examination is not according to Dutch Standards and therefore diploma’s can be questioned.
It further states:
The candidate must have a minimum core for all satisfactory assessments. Additionally required for presentation of the diploma practical training is assessed as satisfactory and also that 60 percent of the remaining tasks of all subjects in the portfolio are rated as satisfactory. A substantial part of these mission , however, has no obvious connection with the qualification file. That means that a student could fail on requirements which are not derived from the current qualification file.
In other words, a qualification file is the most important document for each student to prove that they have accomplished the required assignments. Who is responsible to follow up on these files?
In conclusion they state that:
The rating requirement also does not comply. The guidelines for assessment are not always directly linked to the work and are not specific enough to guarantee an independent and objective assessment. There has not been shown any information what must be at least obtained by the candidate to get the verdict ‘pass’ . Criteria for the assessment “good” are also missing . Finally, the regulation does not provide assessments of the two reviewers separately and there is insufficient opportunity to support the judgments. This is not only at the expense of the care of the assessment, it also limits the scope of the examination committee for the control of the assessment process.
This clearly indicates that the examination committee cannot act as it is supposed to act since rules and regulations are not met.
They further state:
. The examination instrumentation does not meet the requirements . It looks neat but the core tasks first , fourth , fifth and eighth are insufficiently covered by the assignments, because not enough work processes are being tested.
. The rating requirement also does not comply. The guidelines for assessment are not always directly linked to the work and are not specific enough to guarantee an independent and objective assessment. There are no requirements stating that the student gets at least verdict ‘pass’ . Criteria for the assessment “good” are also missing.
. The decline and assessment does not meet the basic quality
. Because of the already reported shortcomings of the assessment requirement does not ensure that all students in similar circumstances also be assessed in the same way.. The authenticity does not meet the qualifications either. Although during all seven tests the presence of an assessor from the field is available does not guarantee the level and verdict.
. However, because there is only simulated situations and not from real situations in professional practice, it is no guarantee that the candidate masters all kinds of skills that are required in professional practice.
. Transparency is absolutely not available. The examination of the two different areas differentiates tremendously. . Existing tests of ‘ Back of the house’ which cover the core 1,2,7 and 8 assignments are insufficient. Many activities may be tested, but it is not a guaranteed that the work is not only in the restaurant , but also be done in the kitchen.. The core tasks and work processes of the ” Service” are insufficiently tested.
. The caesura of the two exit specializations does not meet the basic qualification criteria.
. The evaluation method of the two exit specializations does not meet the basic quality. An assessment protocol for both exit specializations is missing.
. The decline and assessment does not meet the basic quality . Because of the already reported shortcomings of the assessment requirement does not ensure that all students in similar circumstances also are assessed in the same way .
. Authenticity does not satisfy the appeal . These are exclusively simulated situations and therefore no real situations in professional practice.
The conclusion is that the competent authority shall ensure that the quality of examinations and certification will improve within a year. In the spring of 2016 the inspection renews investigation into the quality of examinations and certification in the studied programs.
To conclude, the SCS does not meet the required standards. With a director, who was a department leader in VMBO before in The Netherlands, you may assume that he has te skills and knowledge to get this program up and running. Apparently he has not these skills and our kids are paying the price for this.
Why do I write this stuff? Not to be negative about our school, as Dimitry is stating. Not to bring anybody down. Just to inform those who are involved in secondary education, like myself, because the school does not inform us about any development. So I feel that it is my duty to inform you correctly about the developments within the SCS, only based on fact and no rumors and not on gossip and melly.
By the way, I m Saban and colored and do therefore not fit in the former principals body. I hope that this will stop the rumors.