4 Dec 2012

School exam season ends with 'no major issues'

11:07 pm on 4 December 2012

The last of 120 NCEA and Scholarship exams were being held on Tuesday, ending what has been judged a largely trouble free exam season.

More than 143,000 students have been put to the test over the three weeks period.

School principals and the Qualifications Authority say there have been no major issues this year.

The authority says it has received three complaints about the use of a song in a Level 2 German exam, including one on behalf of 16 teachers, and four other complaints about issues it says did not affect students' performance.

Secondary Principals Association president Patrick Walsh said the feedback from principals was that the exams went smoothly. "The exams themselves have been predictable and virtually error free," he said.

The authority says more than 1800 markers will finish marking the exams by the end of the year and it will put students' results online in the middle of January.