A total of 89 inmates will sit for the National Senior Certificate the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said with the oldest being 52-years-old. Picture: Itumeleng English

Durban - A total of 89 inmates will sit for the National Senior Certificate, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) said, with the oldest being 52 years old.

The department said that it was more than satisfied with the level of preparations and confident that they have given necessary support to thirteen schools that it runs across the country.

Kutama Sinthumule Correctional School's 30 learners have the highest number of matriculants registered followed by Durban Westville which has 23.

The two schools achieved a 100 per cent pass rate last year.

"Access to education remains the pillar of rehabilitation and the DCS is proud of inmate Abdul Simelane who will be sitting for matric exams at the age of 52," Singabakho Nxumalo the spokesman for the department said.

He said that working together with the Department of Basic Education and other partners, DCS was able to offer extra support classes and made available additional resource material to complement the lessons being presented.  

The first practical paper will see inmates at Barberton Correctional sitting for Computer Applications Technology on October 15.  

"Formal education ensures that offenders remain focused amid their circumstances so that they can reach their full potential.  It is due to this reason that education and skilling of inmates have been marvelled as a rehabilitation programme that is engineered to mould inmates to return to their communities as better, changed and law-abiding citizens," Nxumalo said.

The department said that they hoped to surpass the 77 per cent pass rate it achieved last year and are optimistic that their students could achieve a 100 per cent pass rate.

"Inmates are currently busy with the revision as this is very critical prior to the examination.  As a result, educators are monitoring their daily schedules in order to avert any undesirable distraction.  A credible examination process can be guaranteed as all thirteen DCS examination centres will be invigilated by trained officials from Basic Education and these centres will adhere to the rules governing exam procedures," Nxumalo said.   

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