Currently, there are 211 inmates that are preparing for this year’s National Senior Certificate (final Grade 12) examinations.
“Access to education remains the pillar of rehabilitation and formal education ensures that offenders remain focused amid their circumstances as they strive for new beginnings.
“Education is regarded as an essential component of the reconstruction, development and transformation of South African society. Hence, formal education in DCS cannot only respond to the rehabilitation needs of inmates but be viewed as a tool that can radically transform our society and advance the development of the country,” the department said.
Inmates are well prepared despite Covid-19 obstacles
The Department of Correctional Services runs about 17 Correctional Schools. These schools offer basic education in line with the national curriculum.
Those partaking in the examinations at correctional facilities have beaten the national pass average. They have also recorded improved pass rates for the past two years.
According to the department, there were many “challenges brought by Covid-19” regarding preparations. However, despite this, the inmates are still well prepared for the examinations.
“DCS educators…put in extra support classes and went beyond the allocated hours in a day’s work in an effort to ensure that inmates are not just ready but do achieve the best possible results.
“Working together with the Department of Basic Education, DCS can guarantee yet another credible examination process as all examination centres will be invigilated as per the rules governing exam procedures,” the department said.
Media Statement: Education bolsters inmate rehabilitation