Acting National Commissioner, Makgothi Thobakgale wishes all inmates Grade 12 learners in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) the best as they commence with their 2021 final examinations. This year, there are 211 learners registered for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) final examinations. The first subject to be written by DCS learners is Computer Applications Technology (CAT) on 19 October 2021. This subject provides incarcerated learners with technological skills which are required by the outside market. These final examinations will end on the 07 December 2021. There are 17 registered full time schools (15 DCS schools and 2 PPP schools) providing Further Education and Training (FET) education to offenders. Four (4) schools do not have Grade 12 full time candidates for the current academic year.
The year 2021has been a challenging year due to issues such as COVID-19. However, the learners have shown that they too like Anthony J. D’ Angelo, believe in the saying that “if one develops a passion for learning, one will never cease to grow, and what one has learned, cannot be taken away from them”. Thobakgale also would like to thank the dedicated educators who go an extra mile in ensuring that the learners are prepared to tackle their academic tests and produce positive achievements. It is through their ardour and diligence that the learners can achieve their educational goals”.
In the same breath, Thobakgale also extends well wishes to all Adult Education and Training (AET) level 4 learners in DCS, with their exit examinations. There are 2 102 learners registered for AET (level 4) in DCS AET centres. They too must be congratulated for reaching this extremely important milestone in their lives. They have proven that one is never too old to learn. The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill and the willingness to learn is a choice (Brian Herbert).
The AET Level 4 examinations will commence in November 2021.