Students’ nervous wait for NCEA results today
School leaver Georgia Carnegie will be up early today, all fired up to turn her computer on and know her fate for the year.
The Timaru 18-year-old will be one of more than 165,000 teenagers throughout New Zealand checking NCEA results online which will be released sometime this morning.
For Carnegie, the results will confirm her place at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) in Christchurch, with proof she has attained university entrance (UE) required before final acceptance onto the programme.
She sat exams for two of her six classes, English and Media Studies, at Roncalli College and went into them knowing she had already achieved overall Merit for NCEA level 3, and had the required 60 credits for UE.
‘‘It was quite a weight off, because I got what I needed,’’ she said.
‘‘I had already passed Drama and Music, so I didn’t need to take [exams for] them.’’
She was still looking forward to getting the results, as she was ‘‘curious’’ about how she would do overall.
‘‘I want to pass all the papers I undertook. I’m looking at getting a couple of merit endorsements, in English.’’
While she will not be the only one in New Zealand to have already passed, in either years 11, 12, and 13, there will be others anxiously waiting for their results.
‘‘Some are a bit nervous because some of them are relying on these exam results to complete the year, and get UE,’’ she said.
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) deputy chief executive assessment division Kristine Kilkelly said the call centre’s opening hours will be extended to 8pm, ‘‘with extra staff ready to answer specific queries students may have about their NCEA results’’.
‘‘If students do experience a delay in accessing their results online, this could be due to a number of factors, including what kind of device the student is using and the quality of internet connectivity they have,’’ Kilkelly said.
School leaver Georgia Carnegie, 18, has a trial run accessing the website on which NCEA results will be published today.