Jailed matriculants to write exams

Johannesburg – The Department of Correctional Services says nearly 200 inmates from 13 schools are expected to write their National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations from October 16 to November 28 this year.

  Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the jailed matriculants are ready for the examinations and the department is satisfied with the preparations.

  “The department has tested its system in terms of providing a safe and secure environment for the examinations. The 183 inmates who will be writing exams are housed separately from the general inmate population, in order to ensure no disturbance for the entire duration of the NSC examinations,” said Nxumalo.

  He added that the department worked closely with the Department of Basic Education to increase the number of schools in prisons. “Formal education is however a programme of choice for inmates,” he said.

  Nxumalo suggested that the pass rate will be above the 77.3% achieved in 2018.

  “All schools have long completed their syllabi and are currently wrapping up revision work with the assistance of educators. The winter school programme has also been one of the best working mechanisms to prepare inmates for the final examination,” Nxumalo said.

  Correctional Services Commissioner Arthur Fraser said education is strategically to eliminate illiteracy, under-qualification and absence of critical skills, which are a vital requirement to source employment or be self-employed. “I wish all the inmates the best of luck and I am confident that a 100% pass is achievable,” he said.

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