Dunedin pupils Michael Fox (17, left), and Elliot Munro (16), both of Otago Boys High School, and Megan Summers (17, second from left) and Olivia Stevens (16), both of Columba College, reflect on delays in obtaining their NCEA results via internet. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Several Dunedin secondary pupils were frustrated and
disappointed with delays in obtaining some of their NCEA
results via the internet yesterday.
Of four pupils spoken to yesterday, three had eventually
obtained their results from NZQA but only after frustrating
delays of about 45 to 90 minutes.
Another pupil, Elliot Munro (16), who starts year 13 studies
at Otago Boys High School this year, said he had not yet been
able to obtain his results by early afternoon, despite having
made three attempts to get the information.
The outcome was ''not really good enough'', he said.
It is understood he obtained his results later in the
Michael Fox, also of Otago Boys, said it was ''a bit weird''
he had experienced a 45-minute delay before gaining his
results. Some pupils who had not obtained results could have
felt ''left out'' when other people already had their
NZQA announced shortly after 8am yesterday that results were
out, but pupils were having trouble logging in. NZQA said the
site had not crashed but its servers were at ''full
Demand was ''very high at the moment'', but the system was
''just a bit slow due to demand'', NZQA posted to its
followers on Twitter.
Complaints had earlier been flying from pupils and teachers,
who felt the inconsistencies were unethical and confusing,
after a bungled test run on Monday gave some pupils brief
access to preliminary results, which were then pulled.
Megan Summers (17), a Columba College pupil, said she
obtained her results at 9.30am yesterday, after a ''quite
frustrating'' wait since 8am.
Another college pupil, Olivia Stevens (16), said she had been
happy to get her results, but had had to wait 45 minutes to
do so. Pupils said NZQA should have catered for the known
high demand for the results.
Adding to anxieties for some pupils was a concern entry to
some high school courses, and some later university academic
options, were affected by results.
Otago Secondary Schools Principals' Association secretary
Gordon Wilson said he would be concerned if pupils were not
obtaining results at the same time, and hoped the system was
''robust enough'' to provide simultaneous results.
Julie Anderson, principal of Queen's High School, Dunedin,
and chairwoman of the Otago-Southland Secondary Schools
Principals' Association, said she had not received any
complaints yesterday from Queen's pupils.
Future academic ''pathways'' for Otago-Southland pupils were
partly influenced by NCEA outcomes, and she did not want
pupils to be ''anxious'' about obtaining results.