Stu­dents’ ner­vous wait for NCEA re­sults to­day

The Timaru Herald - - NEWS - Eleanor Rar­ity

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.

JOHN BISSET/STUFF

School leaver Ge­or­gia Carnegie, 18, has a trial run ac­cess­ing the web­site on which NCEA re­sults will be pub­lished to­day.

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