The Western Cape education department (WCED) would release its matric results a bit later than the rest of the country to give principals the chance to examine them and find errors, it said on Monday.
This was also so as to alert the department about candidates who may be disappointed with their results and require counselling.
Matrics in other provinces can start accessing their results when they go online on the department of basic education’s website from midnight on Tuesday.
When asked why the province delayed the release, spokesperson Jessica Shelver said schools only received the results early in the morning and needed time to go through them.
She said it had always been done this way in the province.
Schools in the province open at noon on January 6 for the 53 000 candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate exam in the Western Cape to collect their certificates, or to fetch their results in person instead of going online later.
The province would have counsellors available for candidates, like other provinces. Candidates could also contact the WCED’s Safe Schools Hotline on 0800 45 46 47.
They could also contact the WCED Exams Helpline for further information at 021 467 2300, or visit the Exams Helpdesk at the WCED’s head office, second floor, Grand Central Building, Lower Parliament Street, Cape Town.
Education MEC Debbie Schafer said the results were not just about the pass rate, but also to determine the overall success of the examinations.
These included the number of pupils who passed with access to a Bachelor’s degree, and whether marks for individual subjects were improving.
The Western Cape is the only provincial government run by the Democratic Alliance.
Schafer believed that since the party started governing in the province in 2009, marks had steadily improved and she was looking forward to this year’s results.
Western Cape matric results will be available at schools online on Wednesday from 14:00 on www.westerncape.gov.za.