Sadly, the implementation of Fees-Free is not an engaging set of novels for the younger reader however, like the books it has “a dark, mysterious feeling”. One is never sure what will happen next.
And it was whilst pondering the latest debacle (being a fail by TEC with the preparation and distribution of the “Fees Free All Enrolments and Costs Data Validation – March 2019” file), that I decided that I would try to document the set of processes used by TEC to manage Fees-Free and to enumerate the causes of its failure.
A consequence of that failure is that you cannot know how much your Fees-Free payment from TEC will be, you are likely to be non-compliant with TEC’s funding conditions, and your compliance costs will have increased significantly.
If you would like to read this sorry story, please let me know. You may even find it useful when explaining to your boss why you can’t provide an accurate report of expected income, or when dealing with auditors.
Oh, and the most recent fail with the Validation Report? Well if the problem was restricted to the two new (and undocumented) fields in this report it will cause you confusion but no hurt. Still, if TEC gets something this simple wrong you have to wonder what other unannounced problems there are with TEC’s reporting processes.