Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
INMATES serving in South African correctional facilities have registered an impressive 77,3% matric pass for the 2018 academic year.
Just two percent lower than the 79,42% national average, which is a 1.4% increase from last year’s 76.7% pass rate.
A total of 235 inmates sat for the grade 12 examinations. Of these, 185 wrote seven subjects and above.
Sixty-seven received bachelors while 46 scored diplomas; with another 30 obtaining higher certificate qualifications.
Among those who did well is a 52-year old Simelane Abdulla Elijah, the eldest matriculant from a Department of Correctional Services (DCS) school in Barberton who also obtained a bachelors’ pass.
“A total of four DCS schools in Durban Westville, Cradock, Baviaanspoort and Rusternburg Correctional Centres achieved a 100 percent pass rate.
This is a third uninterrupted 100 percent pass for Usethubeni School in Durban Westville.
A total of 28 distinctions were recorded at the school. The top achievers from DCS schools,” the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement.
Some of the best learners include Mpofana Nhlakanipho (80.43%) – Durban Westville Correctional Centre, Alexandra Jaime (79.43%) – Baviaanspoort Correctional Centre and Dziva Patson (77.29%) – Durban Westville Correctional Centre.
Working together with the Department of Basic Education and other partners, DCS offers extra support classes and strives to create the best suitable environment for learning and teaching, the statement read.
“Education is a critical component of the rehabilitation measures of any correctional system. It has also been proven that inmates who participate in educational programmes see the future differently as they develop a more positive outlook,” said the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha.