Up to 5000 students at Waikato Institute of Technology (WIT) will receive their summer school exam results as part of the first trial of ExamTXT next week.
The ExamTXT service, developed by Auckland-based wireless developer The Hyperfactory in partnership with Compaq and Vodafone and will see its first major test when the results are released next week, according to director Geoffrey Handley.
"For the pilot we're using Vodafone but once it goes live we'll also send messages out to Telecom phones as well," says Handley.
Students were asked whether they wanted to join the scheme earlier in their courses and those that agreed were included in a database held by WIT. Students send a text message containing their course code and student ID and the results are sent back.
"We're looking to add things like course schedules and room changes at a later date," says Handley.
Meanwhile the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) site is reporting over 20,000 students accessing their School Certificate results already. Around 61,500 students sat School C this year and NZQA spokesman Bill Lennox expects half will log on to check their results.
"Our busiest period was 3pm to 4pm with over 3000 log-ins but the servers are coping well and we've had no problems."