“My results are good, but I expected to do way much better than this,” Simelane told TimesLIVE.
Four DCS schools in Durban Westville, Cradock, Baviaanspoort and Rustenburg 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 department said in a statement.
The top achievers from DCS schools are:-
– Mpofana Nhlakanipho (80.43%) – Durban Westville Correctional Centre;
– Alexandra Jaime (79.43%) – Baviaanspoort Correctional Centre, and;
– Dziva Patson (77.29%) – Durban Westville Correctional Centre.
DCS said it works with the department of basic education to offer extra support classes and strives to create the best suitable environment for learning and teaching for inmates, a statement that Simelane agreed with.
“I wouldn’t have done it without the support of the department. The officials encourage us to study so that we can come out of prison as better people,” Simelane said.
Minister of justice and correctional services Michael Masutha said 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. The DCS will continue to do the best it can to ensure that as many inmates as possible are able to access education to enable them to lead lives and productive and socially responsible members of their communities upon their release.” Masutha said.
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Article source: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-01-05-52-year-old-inmate-passes-his-matric-with-flying-colours/