- South Africa’s inmates who wrote their matric exams last year achieved a commendable 89.83% pass rate
- This was confirmed by Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola, who released the official results
- The inmates’ top achiever with 7 distinctions was Faba Khanyile, who hopes to study electrical engineering
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Making the most of their current circumstances was the Correctional Services class of 2021 matriculants who achieved an 89.83% matric pass rate in last year’s finals.
Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola released the matric results for inmates on Monday, 24 January at the Barberton Correctional Centre in Mpumalanga.
According to the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), skills are transferred to inmates through formal and vocational training to equip them for life upon their release.
“Education remains an effective rehabilitation tool for inmates which is used to transform their lives and it is one of the fundamental pillars of correctional services. Education also has profound impact on inmates and contributes to their successful reintegration into society and it breaks barriers such as unemployment which often confronts ex-offenders,” the department said in a statement.
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SABC News spoke to the inmates’ top achiever who clinched 7 distinctions, Faba Khanyile who is serving a sentence at Brandvlei Youth Centre in the Western Cape.
“I am so proud of myself, I feel more confidence in myself, my self-esteem has also improved, it shows I can do anything that I can put my mind in moving forward I want to challenge myself and do something exceptional,” said Khanyile who intends to study electrical engineering.
The DSC put out a disclaimer that it does not pay tuition fees for inmates but rather their families are responsible for the fees or inmates successfully apply for bursaries.
Township boy bags 100% in 3 subjects, maths, physics and life science, and gets 7 distinctions
Briefly News previously reported that Raymond Mamabolo has made the whole country proud after he bagged 100% for Maths, Physics and Life Science, three very difficult subjects. He also achieved seven distinctions and has been praised for his outstanding academic success.
Raymond's amazing achievement is made that much more inspiring due to the fact that he attended Chipa-Tabane Secondary School in Refilwe, located in a township. He overcame tremendous challenges to outperform students in far more well-resourced schools.
According to News24, Mamabolo plans on studying actuarial science. His university of choice is the University of Cape Town. He said that the pandemic was the greatest challenge that he faced.
Source: Briefly News