Students wait for NCEA results
South Canterbury students desperately searching for their NCEA results online this morning are being forced to wait as the website hits overload.
More than 163,000 students around the country should be able to view their results through the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) website from today.
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However, accessing results has not been as easy as clicking a button, according to some South Canterbury students.
Kimberley Dimmock said at 10am the website was in high demand.
"Took me 30 minutes just to get on."
Tash Dockrill said "pretty much" no one had been able to access their results this morning, that she knew of.
She said the wait had been frustrating.
Hamish Dick said when he logged on he received the message: "The website is currently experiencing heavy usage. Please try again later."
Eighteen minutes later his wait was over.
"I'm in! I feel like I just conquered Everest...now to actually check the results!"
An NZQA spokesperson confirmed there had been a wait for some students, which was to be expected due to the high demand.
"They are able to get them, but they just need to have a bit of patience because there's so many people wanting to get their results."
New Zealand is the only country in the world to return marked examination papers to students. This will take place from late January.
Following the return of marked papers, students have until February 18 to apply for reviews and reconsiderations or to ask NZQA to recheck or re-mark standards.
New Zealand scholarship students will be able to view their results online in mid February.
National statistics on NCEA will be available on the NZQA website at the end of March.
- The Timaru Herald