KWAZULU-NATAL - Criminality inside South Africa’s prisons is a constant concern for correctional services.
In a bid to curb the culture of gangsters inside prison, inmates are being encouraged to pursue their education instead.
It&39;s now mandatory that all inmates attain at least a Grade 9 qualification.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Correctional Services opened a secondary school inside a prison on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast.
Teachers say it’s far easier to keep track of their pupils here, and difficult for them to play truant.
From here they can hone their skills at a FET college also the prison -- learning skills like welding, plumbing and carpentry.
The Correctional Services Minister says he&39;s convinced that in this learning environment, prisoners will now spend less time teaching each other how to commit crime.
The Qalakabusha Correctional Centre school is now one of twelve full-time prison schools registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.
Three more schools are in the process of accreditation in Gauteng and the North West Province.
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