Prisoners get ready for academic year

By Drum Digital
19 January 2014

Prisoners across the country are registering for various educational and skills programmes for the new academic year.

Prisoners across the country are registering for various educational and skills programmes for the new academic year, the correctional services department said on Sunday.

"The department is implementing programmes aimed at turning around the lives of those who wronged society so that, upon release, they are ideal, productive, law-abiding citizens," correctional services minister Sibusiso Ndebele said in a statement.

"Inmates must work and study, and leave correctional centres with a skill in one hand and a certificate in the other hand...the hand that was used to harm others must be changed into a hand which now builds and heals."

He said the department has increased the number of full time correctional centre schools from one in 2009 to twelve in 2013.

Three additional schools - Rustenburg, Boksburg and Ekuseni Youth Centres are scheduled for accreditation this year, Ndebele said.

"Over the past two years, 559 inmates wrote Grade 9 to 11 examinations with an average pass rate of 73 percent in 2013.

"The number of inmates who wrote Grade 12 examinations doubled, and those who gained university admission also increased. In the 2013 Grade 12 examinations, inmates achieved 60 subject distinctions," said Ndebele. - Sapa

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