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South Africa: Inmates Register for 2014 Academic Year
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Friday, January 31, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 31, 2014

"The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is implementing programmes aimed at turning around the lives of those who wronged society so that upon release, they are ideal, productive, law-abiding citizens. Inmates must work and study, and leave correctional centres with a skill in one hand and a certificate in the other hand.

“The hand that was used to harm others must be changed into a hand which now builds and heals. The trilogy of victim-offender-community is central to all rehabilitation," Ndebele said.

DCS has increased the number of full-time correctional centre schools from only one in 2009 to 12 in 2013. This year (2014), three additional schools are scheduled for accreditation including Rustenburg, Boksburg and Ekuseni Youth Centres.

Last year, the minister announced that, as from 1 April 2013, it is compulsory for every inmate, without a qualification equivalent to Grade 9, to complete Adult Education and Training (AET) level 1 to 4.

Between April and September 2013, 11 649 inmates registered for AET programmes. From 2010 to 2013, 73 881 inmates participated in educational programmes.

Over the past two years (2012/13), 559 inmates wrote Grade 9 to 11 examinations, with an average pass rate of 73% in 2013.
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