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Matric exams under way at prisons, inmates to write technical papers soon

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There are 198 inmates sitting for the 2023 national senior certificate (NSC) final examinations within correctional facilities.

The department of correctional services (DCS) said they started with computer applications technology on Tuesday and will tackle the English paper 1 on October 30.

There are 1,180 inmates sitting for adult education and training level 4 examinations, and 1,471 will write technical vocational education and training papers.

The DCS class of 2022 surpassed the national pass mark, obtaining 87.5% with 11 schools within the system attaining a 100% pass rate. Four inmates achieved six distinctions each.

National commissioner of correctional services Makgothi Thobakgale said education was a powerful tool for breaking the cycle of recidivism and helping individuals build a better future.

“Education fosters a sense of self-worth and purpose among inmates. As a result, this can boost their self-esteem and reduce the likelihood of returning to criminal activities,” he said.

“Through strategic partnerships and hard work by educators and correctional officials, DCS is more optimistic of a promising future.”

Source: TimesLIVE

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