Schooling started on a high note in Khutsong with most students and teachers reporting on time on the first day of the school calendar.
All three high schools in the area - Badirile, Tswasongu and Relebogile - reported a 100percent attendance by staff members.
At Badirile, teachers reminded pupils about the importance of discipline in order to achieve good results at the end of the year.
School principal Goodman Babupi, said the school would not allow any disruptive activities this year. "We are here for proper and quality education. Ill-discipline will not be tolerated."
Babupi said they would start teaching with or without books and would work hard to improve last year's 82percent matric pass.
Badirile Grade 12 Joseph Gundane, 19, said he was excited to be back at school and to see his friends. "My goal is to pass with distinction," he said.
Another students, Julia Makoke, 17, said: "I want to write my matric in Khutsong. What happened last year was bad and I do not want to see a repeat of those incidents."
Tswasongu principal Charles Matlala said: "We want nothing but the best results. We had 75percent matric pass rate last year. This year's target is 80percent and above."
Relebogile principal Pule Metsing said though they produced the lowest matric results in Khutsong with a 66percent pass rate, he was optimistic things will change this year.