Inmates hit the books to learn

Inmates in the Cayman Islands continue to take advantage of education opportunities under the penal system’s rehabilitation programme – and according to results received, exam successes are increasing.

The United Kingdom’s City and Guilds examination centre recently submitted results from the last examinations in July.

All six passed their maths exams: One acing the numeracy stage-two paper with distinction; while the other five passed numeracy stage-three, two doing so with distinction.

Seven candidates passed level one English, five at the first class level.

Others took the English for Business Communication Exam, resulting in one first-class pass and seven others attaining passing grades.

“I am delighted by our inmates’ continued academic success,” said Dwight Scott, prison service director.

He said several factors had contributed to the encouraging results. These included an increasing acceptance of the educational programme on the part of the prisoners, a renewed focus by his own educators and officers, and a strong backing from the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs.

Between May 2009 and October 2010, 67 inmates passed exams in subjects such as spreadsheet processing techniques, English for office skills, numeracy and word processing.

Cayman’s institutions gained accreditation two years ago, following a rigorous process which saw City and Guild officials examining the prison’s education programme and inspecting facilities.

City and Guilds is the leading provider for vocational qualifications in the UK. It serves a wide range of industries, from entry level to the highest points of professional achievement. Today, the globally-recognised City and Guild examination centres offer more than 500 qualification choices.

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