- Mbali Frazer lauded Westville prison inmates for their performance in the 2022 matric exams.
- The MEC said their performance reflected the hard work put in by educators.
- Frazer said the government would support inmates who wish to pursue education.
KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Mbali Frazer pledged the government's commitment to supporting inmates who pursue education during imprisonment.
Frazer spoke during the Offenders' Academic Excellence Awards ceremony at the Westville Correctional Services Centre on Tuesday.
She said the government was encouraged by inmates deciding to pursue their education at the facility, saying this was the only way they could live better lives rather than being stuck in a cycle of crime.
Frazer said the department was encouraged by the increase in inmate enrolments.
She said 53 wrote exams in 2022, an increase from the 23 registered in 2021.
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According to the provincial correctional services department, 39 obtained bachelor passes, while 13 obtained diploma passes. One pupil failed.
Frazer said the correctional services department had four full-time schools via which inmates register, learn and write their exams.
Usethubeni Youth and Qalakabusha Secondary Schools obtained 100%.
The overall best-performing pupil registered at Sicebengolwazi Secondary, which enrolled its first matriculants last year.
The Estcourt school produced the best-performing pupil, Mhlengi Chiliza, who achieved an average of 86.6%.
Frazer said the bachelor passes showed the educators produced quality results, which would help students gain admission to university.