Kings High School Year 12 pupil Ben Seaton awaits his NCEA
results yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Otago secondary school pupils are still anxiously
awaiting their national certificate of educational achievement
(NCEA) results after a false alarm yesterday. The New Zealand
Qualification Authority released results on its website
yesterday morning, before removing the page five minutes later.
However, pupils online between 6.25am and 6.30am when the
''test'' results were posted flooded the authority with
messages inquiring whether the results were genuine.
The authority later released a statement saying the mix-up
was due to a ''normal process'', which involved a ''final
check'' before formally announcing the results were
''Any results that were visible this morning were a part of
testing only. Results are not official until they are
released,'' it said.
Mt Aspiring College Year 13 pupil Ceilidh Johnston (17) said
the uncertainty added to the stress for pupils awaiting their
''It's definitely a very nerve-racking time. Me and my friend
have been texting each other every hour for the last week to
see if the results are up yet.''
''NCEA results matter a lot. Bad results can mean you have to
change your subjects,'' she said.
Kings High School Year 13 pupil Ben Seaton (17), of Dunedin,
said NCEA results were ''hugely important'' to young
''I did all that I could for the exams, but you always wonder
if you could have done more,'' he said.
''There's less chance you can go to uni if you don't get good
The authority results would be released ''some time'' this
week and pupils would no longer be able to log-in to its
website until the results were officially ratified.