Inmates Boast Impressive Matric Pass Rate
Matric inmates have made the Department of Correctional Services proud as they not only saw an increase in their Matric pass rate but also saw them beat regular public schools. Just like regular public schools, inmates had their schooling turned upside down due to the pandemic.
The inmate Matric pass rate was 86.3% which is higher than the national Matric pass rate of 76.2% and is 81.3% if one includes part-time candidates.
This was an increase of 2019's inmate Matric pass rate which was 82.6%.
Matric inmates obtained 76 distinctions and 78 bachelor passes.
About 160 inmates wrote the National Senior Certificate exams with only 30 who failed.
Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola, said:
We have 140 000 inmates, across the country. We can’t afford to leave them out on the country’s economy nor the education system. They can make vital contributions to society’s upliftment. And for the DCS, education is a fundamental pillar of rehabilitation.
The best performing learner in prison obtained an average of 80.6% and 4 distinctions.
5 schools achieved a 100% pass rate.
"We are pleased that our results increased even under the 2020 unprecedented year. We congratulate our learners and teachers for their resilience," said Lamola.
The Minister continued to say that these results show the transformative abilities of correctional facilities.
Inmates are encouraged to study further and pursue their tertiary education.
On the funding of these qualifications, Lamola said, "If their families can afford to sponsor their studies or if inmates are able to successfully apply for bursaries, there is a misconception out there in the public that we pay for the higher education of the inmates".
He then made it clear that this is wrong and that they do not pay for their fees.
Just like regular learners at public schools, inmates had their classes shut down and instead had to depend on online learning and radio and television teaching and learning programmes.
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