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Quake hits school exams

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/11/2016 Sean Martin

The massive north Canterbury earthquake has shaken up exams for secondary school students, and many may now have to apply for derived grades.

NCEA science, history and chemistry are some of the exams scheduled for Monday but the morning's 7.5-magnitude quake means the Ministry of Education is telling schools and early learning centres from north Canterbury up to Wellington to close while buildings are checked.

The Qualifications Authority says exams will proceed for schools around the country not affected by the quake.

However, for those unable to sit their exams the authority says they will be able to apply for the emergency derived grade process - where their final grade will be judged on their year's work.

Massey University is closing its Wellington campus until noon and exams have been postponed there and at its Palmerston North campus.

Exams for distance students in Lower Hutt and Christchurch had also been put off.

"We're aware this has caused significant disruption to many students' study with power outages and evacuations in some places," the university's Stuart Morriss said.

Staff were checking buildings for damage and students would be informed of new exam times when they were set.

Auckland campus buildings are being checked as well but it will open as usual and exams would go ahead, Mr Morriss said.

Victoria University was closed until midday but said on Facebook it did not appear to have suffered any significant damage.

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