Inmates achieve 93.2% matric pass rate


By Agreement Mabunda

WESTVILLE-Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola has announced a 93.2% pass rate for prisoners who wrote the matric exams in 2023

The announcement was made by Justice Minister Ronald Lamola at the Durban Correctional Centre (DCS).

Our pass rate in the Department of Correctional Services for full-time learners is an impressive 93.2%. A bigger applause will do. A total of 137 out of 147 full-time candidates passed their 2023 National Senior Certificate exams,” Lamola said.

He said part-time and full-time registered learners secured an 84% pass rate; with 100 of those inmates obtaining a Bachelor’s Pass while 41 achieved Diploma passes and 16 achieved Higher Certificate passes.

At least 90 young inmates who wrote their final matric exams last year obtained bachelor’s degree passes.

This was according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga who said the inmates obtained 278 distinctions. She was speaking on Thursday during the release of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) results at the Mosaiek Church in Randburg.

At least 137 of the 147 young people in correctional facilities who wrote as full-time candidates passed last year’s NSC exams. Of these, 90 candidates obtained bachelor [degree] passes, 34 obtained diploma passes and 13 obtained higher certificate passes.

Minister Lamola attributed the 93% pass rate to the dedication of educators. He said they were also encouraged by a good record of passes in key subjects that are in line with the country’s developmental goals

“We also obtained 129 distinctions, with 39 in Life Orientation, 26 in isiZulu Home Language, 13 in Business Studies, 10 in Geography, and four in Mathematics Literacy, to mention but a few.

“Nine schools obtained a 100% pass rate and they are, Usethubeni Youth in KZN, Cradock in the Eastern Cape, Thuto Kitso in North West, Sicebengolwazi in KZN, Brandvlei Youth Centre in the Western Cape, Qalakabusha in KZN, Bokamoso in Limpopo, Baviaanspoort Youth Centre in Gauteng, and Ekuseni in KZN,” the minister said.

Benn obtained an average of 86.14%, with six distinctions in English First Additional Language (83%), Mathematics Literacy (86%), Life Orientation (85%), Business Studies (92%), Geography (89%) and Tourism (92%).

Lamola said for the first time in its history, DCS registered a women’s school in the 2023 academic year with the Department of Basic Education for the National Senior Certificate. The school is at Johannesburg Management Area and it achieved a pass rate of 62,5%, with 60% of these passes being Bachelor’s passes.

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