The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) on Tuesday, said that they were ready to commence with the matric examinations, and were satisfied with the level of preparations and support given to inmates.
“The notable increase in the number of inmates enrolling for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations year-on-year demonstrates our rehabilitation efforts through formal education so that we can increase literacy levels of inmates, thus giving them a second chance in life,” said Acting National Commissioner James Smalberger.
The DCS said that there was a total of 211 inmates from 14 DCS schools that would be sitting for the final exams, which was a 63.5 percent increase from the 129 in the 2016 academic year.
“Correctional Services has not only increased the number of matriculants, but the quality of results has been increasing over the years.This is further demonstrated by the increased enrolments on subjects such as Mathematics, Accounting and Physical Science,” the department said.
“Working together with the Department of Basic Education, the Acting National Commissioner will want to assure citizens that the 14 accredited centres will run a credible examination process. In addition to the resident invigilators appointed by Basic Education, there will be strict monitoring and impromptu visits to all centres.”
The department said education and skills development were at the forefront of rehabilitation programmes, with 10,526 offenders attending educational programmes in the current financial year.
“It remains compulsory for inmates without a qualification equivalent to Grade 9, to complete Adult Education and Training (AET) level one to four. This is strategically aimed at eliminating illiteracy, under qualifications as well as the absence of critical technical skills, which are a key requirement for one to either source employment or be self-employment.”