Hike in prison inmates writing matric exams this year

The Department of Correctional Services says the number of prison inmates writing matric examinations this year has increased compared to the previous year.

The department says a total of 211 inmates from 14 DCS schools are to sit for the final exams‚ making it a 63.5% increase from the 129 who sat in the 2016 academic year.

The department aims to rehabilitate inmates to ensure they are properly skilled and empowered to function effectively in society and avoid returning to a life of crime, says DCS spokesperson Logan Maistry.

Because education is the heartbeat of rehabilitation, a few years ago we introduced correctional center schools and currently, we have 14 DCS schools which are continuously increasing.

Logan Maistry who is the spokesperson at Department Of Correctional Services.

Maistry says now more than 60% of current 2011 inmates will sit for National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations compared to the 129 in the 2016 academic year.

He adds that the notable increase in the number of inmates enrolling for the NSC examinations year on year demonstrates their rehabilitation efforts in the area of formal education and commitment to increasing inmates literacy levels.

We've had a number of our correctional centres achieve a 100% matric pass rate. Last year, five of our school achieved a 100% pass rate.

Logan Maistry who is the spokesperson at Department Of Correctional Services.

Maistry says despite the remarkable results, they've also experienced challenges in subjects such as science and mathematics which has led to the implementing specialised assistant programmes.

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