Pupils pleased with their NCEA results

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The wait for NCEA exam results is over, with exam results being made available online yesterday.

Pupils from all over the country logged on to the NZQA website yesterday to see how they had performed in their end of year exams, with Oamaru pupils joining them.

Nicki Tonkin, last year’s dux at Waitaki Girls’ High School, said she got up early yesterday morning to check the results.

“It’s the first thing I checked when I got up,” she said.

With results exceeding her expectations, Miss Tonkin said she passed NCEA level three with excellence and picked up some course endorsements as well.

“I’m very pleased with myself really, all the hard work paid off.”

She said she had gained entrance to university as well, and intended to study at the University of Otago this year.

Josh Proctor, last year’s head boy at Waitaki Boys’ High School, said his results were “pretty good”.

“I’m pretty happy . . . I passed, so that was a good start.”

He said his friends had been posting online about their results.

“I think most people are just excited to get U.E. (university entrance).”

He said he was now working to save up money, and intended to study at the University of Canterbury.

NZQA deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said more than 163,000 pupils’ results were posted online yesterday.

Despite many people checking their results online, everything had gone smoothly, he said.

“NZQA plans for results release well in advance as part of our examination season planning and we ensure maximum IT resources are dedicated towards ensuring results accessibility.

“We have been testing extensively in the lead up to the results release.”

About 30,000 pupils across the country had gone online to check results by 9am yesterday morning, and on average between 15,000-20,000 were checking each hour after that, Mr Thornton said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN