On Saturday morning some students accessed their preliminary results on the NSW Education Standards Authority website (NESTA) after a link was shared on a HSC Facebook discussion group.
The site was later shutdown at around 10:30am once the blunder was discovered.
Students have reacted with fury, saying they were not “mentally prepared” to get results so early.
Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said she’s “not happy” about the incident and is expecting a “full explanation” from NESTA.
“We just apologise for the confusion or the distress that this may have caused,” she told 9 News.
NSW Shadow Minister Education Prue Car said the mistake was going to “cause a lot of anxiety” for students across the state.
“That actually is quite dangerous because the ATAR might end up being completely different because of the scaling,” she said.
NSW students flooded the HSC discussion group with disbelief at the blunder.
“Okay so where’s NESTA’s apology email,” one student said.
“Am I the only one who didn’t try to see my leaked marks? I was just not mentally prepared to see them today,” another commented.
The NSW Education Standards Authority is investigating the incident and confirmed the
final HSC results are due to be released on Thursday.
The leak comes after merit lists were mistakenly published on the NSW Education Standards website back in January.
The list of distinguished achievers from the 2021 class were released on January 17, more than a week ahead of the official release the following Thursday.
Originally published as Students react after HSC results published early in IT glitch