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City inmates sign matric pledge

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10 prisoners at Tswelopele Correctional Centre registered to write final matric exams

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MATRIC inmates at Tswelopele Correctional Centre in Kimberley, along with officials and educators, signed the provincial pledge on Monday as a symbolic gesture that they will not engage in any unscrupulous conduct during their final examinations.

Department of Correctional Services area communication manager Siphiwo Nomvethe said that 10 inmates were registered to write the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations this year in the Northern Cape.

“The pledge is aimed at instilling a sense of commitment to comply with the examination code of conduct for all Grade 12 learners,” said Nomvethe.

He added that education provided offenders with a chance for a better future once they were reintegrated back into society.

“It is imperative that offenders who are serving sentences in custody make optimum use of the opportunities afforded by government and the Department of Correctional Services in equipping themselves for the realities of the world we live in.”

Nomvethe stated that the department provided formal education programmes to offenders at its facilities.

“The class of 2020 is a very special one as it is the very first class to sit for their final examinations in the midst of a deadly virus and pandemic that South Africa and the world continues to grapple with.

“Be that as it may, the Department of Correctional Services remains hopeful and optimistic that, owing to the level of commitment and their hard work, these learners will achieve great results.”