The Limpopo education department is optimistic that matric results in the province will improve this year.
Last year there was a pass rate of 58 percent - up from the 55 percent of the previous year.
Limpopo was one of the few provinces that improved its matric pass rate and the only province where a school, Mbilwi High, qualified to join the "Club 100" of schools at which all pupils pass matric maths and science in the higher grade.
This year 90605 pupils will sit for the exams at 1402 centres.
Education spokesman Ndo Mangala said all systems were in place for schools that are regarded as "high risk as far as contact crime was concerned".
He said his department had joined hands with the South African Police Service to guard against any possible disruptions during the exams.
Mangala said the exams would start today with technical subjects and finish on December 3 with electrical technology.