Young people check results

Former Kaikorai Valley College year 13 pupils (from left) Cayden Scott, Class Act award recipient Amanda Fiveash, Tessa Willis and Prashant Prasad (all 18) reflect on their NCEA results, near the Dunedin Railway Station, yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Former Kaikorai Valley College year 13 pupils (from left) Cayden Scott, Class Act award recipient Amanda Fiveash, Tessa Willis and Prashant Prasad (all 18) reflect on their NCEA results, near the Dunedin Railway Station, yesterday. Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Many young people throughout Otago spent a big, quiet moment alone yesterday as they looked up their NCEA exam results on their cellphones.

Kaikorai Valley College Class Act recipient Amanda Fiveash was yesterday ‘‘proud’’ that she had gained an endorsement of ‘‘excellence’’ for her five subjects: classics, English, mathematics, media studies and drama.

Miss Fiveash plans to study English, psychology and anthropology at the University of Otago this year.

‘‘I studied really hard. If I didn’t know something, I asked about it,’’ she said.

A total of 6426 students in the Otago region (including Dunedin) were entered for NCEA external assessments last year, New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) primary communications adviser Gavin Middleton said yesterday.

NCEA results for about 140,000 pupils throughout the country were available yesterday through the NZQA website, and NZQA experienced its peak demand for results between 8am and 9am yesterday, when there were more than 19,000 logins.

Between 2pm and 3pm 6100 pupils logged in throughout the country.

‘‘The release of results has gone smoothly, despite the high demand,’’ Mr Middleton said.

Any Dunedin and Otago pupils who may have been disappointed with the outcome of the NCEA examinations are being urged to seek advice, including from their school.

‘‘The thing is not to get over-anxious but to look for guidance, to see about what the next steps can be,’’ Otago Secondary Principals Association secretary Gavin Kidd said yesterday.

Most secondary school offices would be open this week or next week, and pupils would be well advised to discuss the situation and to seek advice on alternative ways of achieving their goals.

Further advice is available from Careers New Zealand at careers.govt.nz

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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