Quake-affected students given NCEA credit boost

8:10 pm on 18 January 2017

A small number of teenagers who narrowly missed getting their NCEA certificate or University Entrance have been helped over the line by a new emergency measure.

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Students affected by the Kaikōura earthquake have been awarded credits to help them achieve their NCEA certificate or University Entrance (file photo). Photo: AFP

The measure affects students who missed exams or did poorly in last year's NCEA exams because of the Kaikōura earthquake on 14 November or flooding that hit the Wellington region on 15 November.

In addition, the students had completed too few internal assessments earlier in 2016 which meant their schools could not calculate an emergency grade that could be used to replace their exam result.

The Qualifications Authority said it had awarded credits to the students if they were up to six credits short of getting their NCEA certificate or three credits short of University Entrance.

"Whilst students in other areas may also have missed their examinations and some of their schooling, the scale of the events on the 14 and 15 November 2016 is such that the events are likely to have had an ongoing and wide ranging effect on students. They were extraordinary circumstances and this special provision recognises this," the authority's website said.

The authority said "very few" students had qualified for the new provision.

Most students affected by the November quake and flooding were covered by the emergency grade provision, with schools submitting emergency grades for 20,122 students based on their work earlier in 2016.

The authority said it used 31,652 or 37 percent of the emergency grades, because they were better than students' actual exam performance.

NCEA results were published online yesterday.

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