School's out, exams begin
School's out for Manawatu's senior secondary school pupils who are about to knuckle down for the first round of NCEA exams.
Palmerston North Boys' High School's new rector, David Bovey, is overseeing almost 900 pupils through NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 exams and scholarship, with the first, scholarship drama, to be held tomorrow morning.
"The expectation is certainly that they will go from here and get studying," Mr Bovey said.
"They [will be] working really hard to make sure they get the credits they need, because just getting enough to pass won't get them into a course at university."
More than 143,000 candidates nationwide have been preparing for the NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship examinations which finish on December 4, with 1.4 million NCEA external examination entries received this year.
NCEA level 1 English will be the first major examination session, with just over 46,000 candidates expected to put their hard work to the test on Monday morning.