The prisoners at Westville Prison in Durban saw writing matric as their chance to show the world that they are still human. They have made mistakes, but they studied hard and want to turn around their lives through education.
Usethubeni Youth School at Westville Prison heard songs of faith echo through its walls as 29 prison inmates got ready to write their matric exams.
The school has been operating since 2003 and had its official unveiling in 2013. Usethubeni means "You stand a chance".
TimesLIVE reports that 200 inmates at the prison are studying as part of the rehabilitation programme of the Department of Correctional Services.
One of the inmates, Sibusiso Kubheka, says he is so happy to have the opportunity to study matric.
The 21-year-old says it's his chance to show that he is still human despite the mistakes he made.
Sibusiso is serving 8 years for sexual assault, and says he wants to earn a law degree one day.
Sphamandla Shabangu wants to study fashion and graphic design once he passes matric.
I have some ideas about my name brand. I know it's going to be hard, but I have faith that, as time goes by, everything will be okay. When I do graphic design it makes me feel free.
Sphamandla is expected to be released in a few months.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the average matric pass rate has increased in KZN over the past years. It rose from 70% to 82%
More inmates are rebuilding their lives through knowledge and working on having better lives rather than returning to lives of crime.
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