Secondary and university students in Christchurch are worried their academic results for the year may end up being seen as of lesser value than those from other parts of the country.
Special assessment provisions have been put in place to make sure the students are not penalised by earthquake disruptions.
The head girl at Avonside Girl's High School, Shiloh Sutherland, hopes the qualifications she and her fellow students achieve won't be looked down on.
She says no-one is asking for results to be just handed out, but at the same time it has to be acknowledged students have had a rough time.
The Qualifications Authority says neither Christchurch teachers nor students want a second class NCEA.