NCEA exam er­ror stumps stu­dents


It wasn’t un­til the last ques­tion in his maths exam that Sam Kr­ishna and his class­mates started pan­ick­ing.

The New Zealand Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Au­thor­ity (NZQA) have apol­o­gised for an er­ror in a Level 3 sta­tis­tics exam which left many stu­dents strug­gling to an­swer an im­pos­si­ble ques­tion.

Mt Roskill Gram­mar School year 13 stu­dent Sam Kr­ishna was left stumped by the ques­tion.

‘‘I pan­icked quite a bit and I spent quite a bit of time look­ing at it,’’ Kr­ishna says.

‘‘There was 15 min­utes left and I still hadn’t writ­ten any­thing.’’

His class­mate Joshua Sim­mons, 18, says he thought it was a trick ques­tion.

‘‘At first I thought it was in­ten­tional be­cause a few years ago they had a ques­tion where the an­swer was wrong in­ten­tion­ally and you had to ex­plain why it was wrong,’’ he says.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally wrote ‘this is a trick ques­tion’ and ex­plained why it was wrong.’’

Kr­ishna says some of his class­mates are wor­ried about los­ing out on valu­able marks since the ques­tion is worth eight of the paper’s 24 points.

But NZQA deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive Kris­tine Kilkelly says it has re­as­sured stu­dents’ that their NCEA re­sults won’t suf­fer as a re­sult of the er­ror.

NZQA is in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the mis­take oc­curred.

Mt Roskill Gram­mar School stu­dents Deek­sha Vi­jayaku­mar, Joshua Sim­mons and Sam Kr­ishna.

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