Agony nearly over for NCEA students

It is not unusual for teens to be glued to the computer screen, but today, parents might notice their children logging on with a little extra zeal.

NCEA exam results are expected to go live today, with pupils able to check how they fared in last year's studies on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

It will end weeks of anxious waiting for many of the 163,000 pupils across the country, however, those hoping to check their results at the crack of dawn might be disappointed.

On Twitter yesterday, NZQA said it still could not provide an exact time for the release of results.

In previous years, eager teenagers were unable to access results for several hours, with huge numbers of pupils signing in causing the website to crash.

Unlike many of his peers across the country, former James Hargest College pupil William Hancock, 18, said he was not worried about today. Despite doing only "a tiny bit" of study before his exams, he said he felt OK about how he had performed in his calculus, history, physics, English and programming classes last year. He plans to study law at the University of Otago. Results for NCEA level one, two and three are released online today.

The Southland Times