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Compulsory education for convicts

2013-03-05 11:53

Johannesburg - Convicted prisoners who do not have a Grade 9 or higher qualification, will have to get one, it was reported on Tuesday.

Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele had announced that from 1 April, it would be compulsory for prisoners to complete Adult Education and Training (ABET) levels one to four, Beeld reported.

Ndebele made the announcement at the department's annual awards evening in Polokwane at the weekend.

The newspaper reported that Ndebele said prisons were "not holiday destinations where you just eat and sleep" and that prisoners needed to walk out of the doors with at least a certificate and a skill.

Last year, the matric pass rate for convicts was reportedly 79% compared to 68% in 2011.

Ndebele said the pilot project designed to electronically monitor paroled prisoners had been a success.

The project, which was started last February, and could also be extended to prisoners serving their sentences inside prisons, he said.

Comments
  • Chernelle Lambert - 2013-03-05 12:00

    This is such an excellent initiative, it contributes to the rehabilitation of SA's convicted criminals and hopefully to a better, more educated society.

      gwynneth.rowe - 2013-03-05 12:17

      Well now I see why we have such a large prison population. People deliberately get put away so that they can get an eduction because government schools are useless and they can't afford other schools.

      Joe Smit - 2013-03-05 12:28

      That's a real problem, gwynneth.rowe....and probably true.

      SaniGhana - 2013-03-05 12:30

      Teach these brothers and next time they can be more clever with crime.Yesterday they were killing with panga and fire tomorrow they will kill the nation

      cynic.martian.3 - 2013-03-05 12:32

      I agree: This is a positive, future thinking initiative. It is just a pity that society will start thinking that criminals are being rewarded for being criminals; apart from this article, how many times have criminal prison sentences been reduced to celebrate a birthday, or an independence day, etc.

      Omge Klits - 2013-03-05 12:32

      I say let no convict come out until he/she has obtained a Phd in astrophysics and quantum flux field theory. . . . .

      Chernelle Lambert - 2013-03-05 13:42

      A vast majority of criminals re-offend when being released back into soceity, this is partially because they re-enter into a life of poverty. If they are educated, it will increase their chances of finding a job and therefore hopefully decrease the rate re-offending.

      Samuel Mmusi - 2013-06-14 21:18

      I have a national diploma, a graduate from Kutama Sinthumule centre the hardships that I'm facing is to find a job cause of a criminal record so I feel denied an opportunity to put into practice and contribute positively what I have learnt while incarcerated. My email is mmusisamuel@yahoo.com

  • Slick Calligraphy Cape Town - 2013-03-05 12:01

    I would rather pay to fund HANGMEN and ELECTRIC CHAIRS than see my tax money fund their education.

      Annemarie White - 2013-03-05 15:41

      ...and their clothes, and food, and entertainment, and medical expenses. We can't eve afford a medical aid fund, let alone university fees.

  • Ray Molekoa - 2013-03-05 12:01

    Now , who wouldn't wanna go to prison , free accommodation , free meals , free medication and now free education ? All they need now is targets to kill so they can get to prison . The is the most stupid government in Africa !

      FREE Prof. Karabus...NOW!! - 2013-03-05 12:12

      Well said Ray!!

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 13:22

      er now Prisoners.. we are gathered here today to teach you how to steal properly, so that you will be a skilled govt employee upon release. .. WTF

  • Ray Molekoa - 2013-03-05 12:02

    Now , who wouldn't wanna go to prison , free accommodation , free meals , free medication and now free education ? All they need now is targets to kill so they can get to prison . The is the most stupid government in Africa !

  • Sattva Scrabbler - 2013-03-05 12:05

    Prisoners should not be allowed to vote, be educated, allowed visitors, TVs, etc at all while in prison. We give them far too many "human rights". They would not be in prison if they had not violated OUR Human Rights.

  • Beverly Mac Wyne - 2013-03-05 12:06

    this is the trouble! our tax pays for their education! because the communities are bad, they have a great life in prison!! they have a roof over their heads! 3 meals a day and FREE education!!

  • FREE Prof. Karabus...NOW!! - 2013-03-05 12:12

    This makes me so effing angry!! My domestic worker's 14 year old son cannot go to school. I have phoned the the WCED DAILY for MONTHS, dealing with a Mr.Lance Abrahams that clearly has better things to do than his job. Seems the solution to the problem is letting this child become a CRIMINAL, in order to get an EDUCATION!!

      Thabo Khemisi - 2013-03-05 14:29

      spot on my Prof and i like the way you treat your domestic worker as a human being and not as a mere tool, thumbs up and God bless.

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-05 12:18

    new government being trained.

  • Terence Pattison - 2013-03-05 12:21

    I`m all for educating convicts, but only after they have completed 8hrs a day on a chain gang fixing the Roads. What they do in their "spare" time is irrelevant.

  • Tony Bakkie - 2013-03-05 12:32

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  • Lawrence Mahlaba - 2013-03-05 12:41

    Hi Gys. Hw 2 remove criminal record? Cs i ws arested @2008 4 comon asault i ddnt appear in court bcs i ws ritin my final exm so polic sed i mst admit guilty so dt i cn rite xams. Pls help

      Tony Bakkie - 2013-03-05 13:07

      Try learning to write a proper sentence first. Only a judge can find you guilty so you would have to have been through the court system. Police cannot give you a criminal record only the courts

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2013-03-05 14:24

      Dd u evn pss yr xams?

  • Seanred - 2013-03-05 12:42

    What next?

  • msturmair - 2013-03-05 12:45

    CRIMINALS DONT DESERVE THIS AT ALL - THEY DID A CRIME AND SHOULD DO HARD TIME ...... RATHER USE THIS METHOD TO ALL YOUTH - THEY ARE THE FUTURE AND BY DOING THIS, KEEPS THEM OFF THE STREETS....

  • Winifred Watson - 2013-03-05 12:49

    One has to ask, is the education in prison better than the education on the street. Seems they get their textbooks on time and their tutors dont strike. Why not make them do hard labour on the weekends instead of sitting around relaxing, prisoners need to suffer so that it makes them aware that prison is a hard place, not free board, lodging and a good education. We will all be standing in the queue shortly.

  • mickey.freund - 2013-03-05 13:00

    So, I have no education but I want one so I will go and steal something so that I can go to jail, have free board and lodging and get an education.

      Tholakele Mngadi - 2013-03-05 14:18

      @Mickey if you are willing to do that and go to prison, my advice would be tell you family members to bring a lot of oily soap because you will need it. And start practising the bending exercise!!!!

  • Laughton Martin - 2013-03-05 13:07

    and once again the government shows us they care more for the criminals instead of law abiding citizens.they couldnt deal with the limpopo education disaster but are now concentrating on convicts.ffs dont treat the symptoms you bloomin fools sort out the cause

  • Jean-Piérre Pienaar - 2013-03-05 13:28

    Daar is nie genoeg skole vir kinders nie, ,a hulle wil vir (daardie) goed onderig gee,,, wtf

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-05 13:38

    If the system is going to help about 50% of the prisoners, why not? At least we will have more educated people in SA. The minister must also teach these prisoners life skills that they will use in the FREE WORLD

  • potevan - 2013-03-05 15:22

    The LACK of education is the reason most criminals do what they do. I am all FOr educating crimunals, to give them a better chance to rehabilitate themselves and gain skills to be employable in the future. Come on people, think with your brains and not your hearts. We all despise criminals, does not mater what they were convicted of, but an education will at least get some of them back on the straight and narrow with a legitimate job, especially those ones that comitted crimes because of desperation....

  • Ron Samuels - 2013-03-05 18:16

    Wouldn't that be a perfect place for the ANC and some ministers to catch up on education?

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