Offenders pass matric

2016-01-20 06:00
TEACHERS of the Tswelopele Secondary School offenders proudly lifting the floating trophy for a job well done. With them are Regional Commissioner Subashini Moodley, National Commissioner Zacharia Modise, and acting MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett.  Photos: Boipelo Mere

TEACHERS of the Tswelopele Secondary School offenders proudly lifting the floating trophy for a job well done. With them are Regional Commissioner Subashini Moodley, National Commissioner Zacharia Modise, and acting MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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TSWELOPELE SECONDARY SCHOOL offenders beat the odds by achieving a 92% matric pass rate during the 2015 examinations. Of the 12 enrolments 11 passed, while one will sit for supplementary exams.

The Tswelopele Correctional Centre team relished the moment of going on stage to receive the floating trophy from the acting MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett, pipping nine other centres in the Free State and Northern Cape. The other schools are Usethubeni Youth School, Umlalathi Learning Centre, Vuselela Learning Centre, Johannesburg Correctional Centre, Baviaspoort Emthonjeni Youth Centre, St Albans School, Cradock, Thusano and Brandvlei Youth Centre.

Also in attendance at the awards ceremony in Kimberley were National Commissioner Zacharia Modise, Regional Commissioner Subashini Moodley, external stakeholders and family members of the matriculants.

The all-male class of 2015 was the first to successfully register for matric exams, with three enrolments for Physical Science and Mathematics.

Congratulating the centre, Modise highlighted that Tswelopele has taken another step in changing the lives of the offenders. He said the centre’s efforts of putting extra classes in place and using digital libraries have paid off.

“This centre has really beaten the odds amidst their challenges, compared to other centres. We admit that there is still more that needs to be done to address the challenges that the offenders and the staff face,” said Modise.

He said one of the challenges of the Tswelopele Correctional Centre is that of overcrowding in cells. He also addressed the offenders’ other general challenges.

“When they enter the facility they already carry the baggage of their past, which slows their process of adaptation. They usually have a sense of denial and anger, as well as psychological problems.”

Offering them an education is another effort of the departement to invest in the future of the offenders.

Moodley said none of the female offenders had qualified for the matric exams, and those interested were still busy with adult basic education and training assignments. “We continue to encourage females to enrol.” She vowed to bring the 2015 pass rate up to 100% as promised to the MEC.

“Our supplementary examinations will make us reach the 100%,” she said.

The Usethubeni Youth School was awarded gold for producing the highest number of bachelor degrees, and Cradock silver for its 76% pass rate.

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