Over 100 prisoners passed matric exams and the Justice and Correctional Services Minster Michael Masutha has congratulated the prisoners for the noteworthy achievement.
From our gatherings, four correctional services schools achieved a 100% matric pass rate in the 2016 academic year.
While a total of 140 inmates sat for the examinations, South Africa’s prisons collectively attained a 72.1% pass rate.
The 72.1% pass rate comprises of 40 Bachelor passes, 50 Diploma passes and 9 certificate passes. Also, the 2016 academic year registered an increase of 36 distinctions from 30 achieved in 2015.
As learnt, four prisoners scored more than four distinctions.
One Kwandokuhle Ngcobo from the Usethubeni Youth Centre at Durban Westville prison was the top achiever.
With his 84.9% score, he bagged five distinctions in Mathematics, IsiZulu, Life orientation, Accounting, and Business studies.
In a media statement, Minster Michael Masutha affirmed that “formal schooling inside correctional centres is the beating heart of rehabilitation and remains crucial in building a more informed citizenry.”
Adding that the 2016 academic year registered an increase in the number of offenders sitting for the final examination with 11 schools enrolling 140 inmates, the statement asserted that “this is a phenomenal increase from the 2015 academic year which only had nine (9) FET schools accommodating 111 offenders.”
With that, the Justice and Correctional Services department vowed to support the prisoners who failed the matric exams.
“The Department will support those offenders who did not make it, following the processes and systems of the Department of Basic Education.
“Correctional Services will continue to make it compulsory for inmates without a qualification equivalent to Grade 9, to complete Adult Education and Training (AET) Levels 1 to 4.
“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-employed,” read the statement.