Johannesburg - The education department on Friday said all was on track for the release of matric results early next year. "Preparations for the release of National Senior Certificate examinations results are well underway," said department spokespersonElijah Mhlanga in a statement."The department... is on schedule to announce the national and provincial pass rates in January 2015."On 5 January, Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the outcome of the examinations in a live broadcast flighted both on TV and on the department's website.The following day, results will be published in newspapers, classified according to examination numbers and not names."The department however urges candidates to obtain their results at the school or exam centre where they wrote their examination."Teachers would be at the schools on 6 January to answer queries and provide advice and support.A total of 688 660 candidates were registered to write the year-end examination.Of this number, 550 127 were full time students.Kwazulu-Natal had the largest group of full time candidates and Gauteng had the lowest.Girls dominated the cohort of 2014 candidates, making up 54.6% of the matric group.Examinations were written across 6740 locations with 65 000 invigilators overseeing the five-week writing period.A total of 41 000 markers at 118 marking venues then tackled the assessment of the examination papers produced.