The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha, officially opened a new prototype school at the Boksburg Correctional Services recently.
The school will be offering lessons in Adult Education Training (AET) level one to four and will also offer lessons of commercial subjects such as economics, business studies, accounting, mathematics, English, Afrikaans and vernacular.
The school is part of the programmes the department has implemented to change the lives of offenders for the better.
In 2014, the Advertiser published a story where it highlighted the construction of a new fully-fledged school for prisoners has begun at the Boksburg prison.
According to Sello Modise, Boksburg Correctional Services spokesperson, the reason the school is only being launched this year is the prison partnered with the National Applications Centre (NAC) which was a stakeholder in 2014 with the view of raising funds in order to open a school for offenders.
“The partnership led to National Applications Centre borrowing Boksburg Correctional Service a quick space classroom as part of the fund-raising to launch the school. Liberty Life donated an e-library during the launch of the school opening in 2014.
“NAC, however, failed to raise funds to build the school and the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) then used its own resources to build the school through offender labour and skills under the supervision of Boksburg Management Area workshops,” he said.
The school consists of seven classrooms, a staff room, computer centres and a library.
During the launch, Masutha extended his heartfelt gratitude to Liberty which has donated digital libraries to Baviaanspoort, Boksburg and Johannesburg correctional services.
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“Through these libraries, inmates will be able to access and view the mindset learn educational programmes on offer.
“We are continuing to equip inmates with necessary skills so they can be self-sufficient upon release.
“In line with rehabilitation, the major tasks undertaken by DCS include literacy, vocational training, basic occupational skills training, entrepreneurial skills, business and engineering studies, basic and tertiary qualifications,” Masutha said.