IT IS all systems go for the start of this year's matric exams today.
Yesterday the Department of Education said it was confident that the security systems it had in place would assist in preventing paper leakages.
KwaZulu-Natal spokesperson Mbali Thusi said they had a security advisory directorate which, with other agencies, had put in place an elaborate security plan to secure the entire examination process.
"All systems are in place with security being boosted to ensure that all papers get to schools safe," Thusi said.
This year's candidates are the second group to write the National Curriculum Statement exams.
A total of 581573 candidates will sit for the exams with an additional 38595 repeat candidates across the country.
Officials say allegations that examination papers were leaked in the province were thoroughly investigated and proven to be false.
The two exam papers reportedly leaked in Mpumalanga have since destroyed and replaced by new papers.
South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) spokesperson Mbuyiseni Mathonsi urged the department to enforce more safety measures in the light of the recent paper leakages reported in Mpumalanga last week.
"We feel that safety should be improved to avoid leaks," Mathonsi said.
"Our officials will be all over the province's schools to monitor the situation and to make sure that all schools write under fine conditions."
n Sadtu said it would like to see an improvement on the 62,5percent pass rate obtained by the class of 2008.
It believes that the class of 2009 has the potential to achieve a higher percentage.