Department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said no major problems had been encountered during marking and the capturing of data.
About 60000 pupils had sat for the exams, which had been marked by 3500 people at 10 marking centres.
“The approval process by Umalusi (quality assurance authority) will now begin.”
She said the provincial and national matric results were expected to be announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on January 3. Schools would collect results from district offices on the morning of their release and would analyse them and check for errors.
Candidates in the Western Cape would then receive their results on January 4. “(They) will be able to collect their results an hour earlier in the Western Cape, from 11am instead of noon as originally planned. The Western Cape education department has decided to release the results an hour earlier to make it easier for Muslim candidates to attend Friday prayers.”@IamAthinaMay