NCEA results released today

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Last updated 08:01 15/01/2014

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Thousands of pupils have begun checking their NCEA results, which went online this morning.

An NZQA spokeswoman said the results had been posted and were available for pupils, ''no problem''. The agency had aimed to get all its results online by today.


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It would be a test for the NZQA website, which was plagued by hiccups last year. Some pupils got an accidental preview of their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results while NZQA was testing the system.

When the results officially went live, many pupils were unable to log on through the website being overloaded.

The authority had undergone a full review of the incident and this year closed the log-on feature of the website for four days so there would be no sneak peeks at results, deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said.

"We've been able to do a lot more testing behind the scenes," he said.

"It's a new part of the process - something that we learnt from last year - and we're expecting final testing to go well."

It was the first year NZQA had decided to publicise the date of the release after it was caught out by social media last year.

"You have 100 people tell another 100 people, and you've soon got 100,000 people hitting your website. It is something you have to manage properly," he said.

Results for 163,000 pupils will be released today.

Thornton said the NZQA website normally handled up to 60,000 hits a day over release time but sometimes got that many in an hour, which was when overloading could occur.

"I guess the message is a bit of patience," he said.

'HIGH HOPES'

A Tauranga school will be eagerly awaiting its first NCEA results.

Papamoa College opened to year 7 to 9 pupils in 2011, and last year its first set of 140 year 11 pupils sat the NCEA level 1 exams.

These pupils will move through to year 12 this year, and next year the school will have a full set of year groups.

Principal Steve Lindsey said he had high hopes for the results.

"It's something we've been working quite hard towards, not just last year but in previous years, and in the set-up of the school."

Although the college was new to NCEA, the teachers were experienced in the exams from their previous schools, he said.

"[The teachers have] had these students right from day one, so they've been preparing them for this introduction of NCEA in the whole school," he said.

"I would say there would be some cautious anticipation."

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