The NSW Minister of Education has apologized to HSC students after an IT hiccup led to the early release of their results.
Most important points:
- The website shut down shortly after some students accessed their HSC results
- Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has asked for an explanation as to why it happened
- It is the second time this year that results are published prematurely
The outage caused widespread confusion among students, as some were able to see their preliminary HSC grades on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website this morning – five days before they were due to be released.
Student login was closed within hours after the error was discovered.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she had not yet been told how many students were affected but thought it was “a small number”.
“Of course we are very disappointed that this happened, I have asked NESA for a full explanation of why and how this happened,” she said.
“We apologize to all students who may be stressed by this.”
It is the second time this year that HSC results have been wrongly released early.
In January, thousands of 2021 HSC students accessed merit lists on the NESA website days before results were due to be released.
NSW Shadow Education Minister Prue Car said the latest leak was “deeply concerning”.
“This tampering has just added stress to students, many of whom are unsure whether they’ve seen their final results or not,” she said.
“The NSW Government needs to give assurance to HSC students today and ensure that all students can see their results equally.”
A NESA spokesperson said in a statement that “some students” had access to their results “for a short period of time”.
“NESA is investigating the cause of the issue and sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused,” the statement said.
The final HSC results will be released on Thursday.