The Limpopo education department said yesterday it had completed the process of marking matric examination papers without any glitches.
For now, the department is busy consolidating the marks to be taken to data capturers who would compile a comprehensive list for final release.
It is expected the Limpopo matric results will be announced on December 28.
This year, 105931 full-time and 20347 part-time candidates sat for matric examinations at various schools in the province.
Department spokesman Ndo Mangala said though it was difficult to predict whether the pass rate would improve in this year's matric results, he was hopeful it would be better than last year.
"Judging by the courage shown by pupils who were doing matric this year, one can be justified to put his head on the block and predict better outcomes as compared to last year's," Mangala said.
He said the marking process was completed without any hindrances. This after the department had dismissed 19 teachers who were appointed to mark biology scripts despite the fact that they were not qualified.
Mangala said that was water under the bridge as they managed to replace the cheating teachers.
He said the nationwide strike by public servants in June did not deter willing pupils from studying in order to pass at the end of the year.
"Despite the strike, which went on for a period of a month, pupils still showed optimism and eagerness to work hard in order to overcome the matric hurdle," he said.
He further urged those pupils who might fail their examinations to register for matric once more so as to pass at the end.
"The same goes to matric novices. They must work extra hard in order to emulate their brothers and sisters who are making a difference in the corporate world.
"Obviously, climbing the corporate ladder is no child's play, but with enthusiasm anyone can make it to the top," Mangala added.
The province recorded a pass rate of 55,7 percent in last year's matric examinations as compared to 64,3 percent in the previous year.