30 Nov 2011

NCEA exams end with high number of complaints

6:53 pm on 30 November 2011

NCEA exams have come to an end and there have been more formal complaints about the exams than at the same time last year.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) says it received 19 formal complaints by Monday this week compared with 15 during the entire exam period in 2010.

NZQA says nine of the complaints are about the level one French exam and the other ten are about sign language for a deaf student and fees.

But it says the number is reasonable given that 143,000 students sat 119 exams.

The Secondary Principals Association agrees the exams went well this year although it says preparation for NCEA was difficult because of a shortened fourth term and the disruption of the Christchurch earthquake.