Great results worth the wait
While her holidaying Kiwi classmates have said au revoir to NCEA Level 2, Lower Hutt pupil Maddy Nash is doing it all over again, in French.
The Sacred Heart College pupil is in the middle of a two-month exchange to northern France, where the equivalent school year is only halfway through.
From her host family's home she spent nearly two hours trying to check NCEA results published on the NZQA website yesterday morning, or Monday night French time.
Irate pupils in New Zealand took to Twitter to vent their frustration as the website experienced delays.
Maddy, 16, who will return home to begin Level 3 as a Year 13 student, said her efforts had paid off.
"I'm really happy to see that I picked up endorsements in all of my subjects and have done my teachers proud."
She had passed NCEA Level 2 with excellence before the exams thanks to her internal marks in religious studies, French, English, maths, physics and chemistry.
Her major aim for the year-end external exams was to pick up some course endorsements, given to pupils showing consistent high achievement.
She succeeded, achieving excellence in French, English, maths, religious studies and chemistry. But she was disappointed to miss out by one credit on an excellence endorsement in physics.
She arrives back in New Zealand from Bavay, a small town on the border with Belgium, a day before the new school year begins, and will juggle her studies with the role of house captain.
NZQA deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said initial figures showed that by 12pm, 60 per cent more people had logged on to the website than in 2012.
"The release of results is a big day for everyone and there have been a significant number of students logging in to see how they went over the last year at school."
Inquiries had came in from many students on holiday overseas.
"We appreciate the patience people have shown when using our website. It has been very busy."
BY THE NUMBERS
163,000 pupils now able to view their NCEA results online
265 students accidentally got an early peek at results during website testing on Monday
1.4 million total exam entries 1850 markers
10,335 pupils waiting until scholarship results are published in mid-February
The Dominion Post