Inmates lock in on matric

Inmates are seen inside a prison courtyard. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Inmates are seen inside a prison courtyard. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Offenders’ school turns four years of zero passes into 60% pass rate.

While education authorities are identifying factors that resulted in a drop in the national senior certificate pass rate, matriculants studying in prisons hiked their pass rate by 4%.

In 2014, 69% of prisoner matrics passed. But the inmate class of 2015 had an overall pass rate of 73%, Correctional Services National Commissioner Zach Modise said.

Bachelor degree passes for university admission rose from 18 to 33. The number of inmates passing mathematics improved from none in 2014 to 14 in 2015 and all others who passed completed mathematical literacy as a subject.

The two additional full-time schools for offenders, Tswelopele in the Free State-Northern Cape region and Brandvlei in the Western Cape, achieved 92% and 67% pass rates respectively.

The Cradock offenders’ school achieved an impressive turnaround by achieving a 60% pass rate after registering a 0% pass rate in the previous four years. The total number of distinctions obtained also increased by 25%, from 24 in 2014 to 30 in 2015, 19 of which were in life orientation.

“That, in itself, assists in the rehabilitation of offenders,” said Modise.

“The improved results are a testimony to the continued efforts of the department to centralise education and skills development to rehabilitate offenders.”


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