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Inmates excel in CSEC

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 9:00 AM
Maria Carla Gullotta

Human rights group Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) says it is pleased with the results of this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations taken by the inmates involved in its prison-school programme.

Fifty-three inmates from the Tower Street, St Catherine, Fort Augusta and South Camp Juvenile correctional facilities sat the exam this year. Eighty-three per cent of inmates who sat the exams earned passes in at least one subject.

The exams sat by inmates this year included mathematics, English, human and social biology, and social studies.

SUFJ, through funding support from the European Union, has been operating the prison-school programme for the past five years. The programme has been very successful with more inmates registering for classes and signing up to do more CSEC exams.

The programme started by offering mathematics and English, but was expanded to other subjects due to the high demand by inmates.

Executive Director of SUFJ Maria Carla Gullotta hailed the results as a positive sign for SUFJ rehabilitation efforts with the inmates.

"The improvement in the results each year means that we are having a positive impact with the prison-school programme.

"As more inmates sit the exams and become qualified, they will be able to more readily reintegrate into the society and reduce the risk of reoffending. We are very proud of the inmates and will continue to support them as they prepare for life after prison," she said.