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Prisoners record 82 per cent passes in CSEC this year

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A warder at the gate to the St Catherine Adult Correctional Facility, one of three prisons where inmates sat CSEC exams this year.

Human rights group Stand Up For Jamaica says it will be adding more Caribbean Secondary Education certificate (CSEC) subjects to its curriculum in the prisons following the encouraging results produced by some of the island’s prisoners this year.

Fifty-four inmates from the Tower Street, St Catherine and Fort Augusta Adult Correctional facilities took the exams, with 82 per cent of them receiving passing grades.

President and coordinator at Stand Up for Jamaica Maria Gullotta says three years ago the organisation started facilitating prisoners sitting CSEC English and Mathematics.

It now offers Social Studies and Principles of Business.

Gullota says next year, the organisation will be adding a fifth subject.

She also says the prisoners must be commended for their performance as their environment is not student friendly.

Gullota also wants the private sector to do more to ensure that ex-inmates are not marginalised.

She notes that while it is difficult in general to find a job in Jamaica, it’s almost impossible for ex-convicts.