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Formal Education

Vision and Mission

Education Programmes

Target Groups

Formal Education Policies and Procedures

Contacts

Vision

To be one of the best in the world in delivering formal educational programmes with integrity and commitment to excellence an excellent education service that will provide diverse educational needs of persons entrusted to our care.

Mission

  • To offer, in partnership with relevant stakeholders a variety of learning fields that are, aimed at contributing towards the development of essential skills and knowledge that will form the foundation for life-long learning.
  • To offer career orientated needs-driven, adaptable and market related education programmes and services to persons entrusted to our care in a stable and humane teaching environment.

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Education programmes

  1. Early Childhood Development
    Although the focus of educators in the DCS is mainly on sentenced offenders, the necessary support services and systems are provided to Mother and Child Care units in terms of Early Childhood Development (ECD).
  2. Awaiting-Trial Detainees, Parolees and Probationers
    The Directorate Formal Education is only responsible for providing administrative support, study guidance, counselling and other relevant support in terms of studies to awaiting-trial detainees, parolees and probations. During the re-integration process the official in charge of education links the probationer with the community learning centres where practicable.
  3. All Sentenced offenders

    3.1 General Education and Training

    3.1.1 Children of School-going age:

    It is compulsory for children of school-going age to attend school. Education opportunities should be provided to these children (15 years and younger) sentenced to imprisonment. Learning methodologies that will meet the needs of these children and contribute towards their personal growth are utilized in Correctional centres. The curriculum as prescribed by the Department of Education is followed.

    3.1.2 Pre Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) and ABET level 1 - 4:

    Pre-ABET programmes is a compulsory part of the ABET field and provide opportunities to learners to learn to read and write. This course serves as a bridging phase to ABET level 1. ABET is available from level one (1) up to level four (4). The programme is presented by trained ABET practitioners (educators, functional officials / trained offender facilitators).

    3.2 Further Education and Training (FET)

    This programme is offered in cooperation and in line with national and provincial departments of education and the DCS is bound by the directives and curricula of these departments. Free education, up to and including grade 12 (including N1-N3 business studies) is provided to all sentenced juveniles and also to adult learners where resources permit or education qualifications can be obtained by means of distance learning in the learners own time and at his/her own expense.

    3.3. Higher Education and Training (HET)

    All courses / subjects / study fields that falls in this band should be done through distance learning in the offenders own time and at his/her own expense and includes, diplomas, occupational certificates, first degrees, higher diplomas, professional qualifications, higher degrees, further research degrees and doctorates.

    3.4. Computer Based Learning

    The purpose for the establishment of computer based learning centres is to provide learners with a secure environment to utilize technology for study purposes, to train offenders to become computer literate as well as to use the centre within a multimedia approach to train students in relevant courseware packages / applications.

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Target Groups

  1. Incarcerated Mothers with their children / Babies
  2. Awaiting-Trial Detainees
  3. Sentenced offenders:
    • Children (male and female) refers to a person under the age of 18 years
    • Youths (male and females)
    • Adults (male and females)
    • Physically challenged persons
    • The aged
    • Pre-releases.
  4. Parolees and Probationers

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Policies and Procedures

Formal Education Procedures

Formal Education Policy

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Regional Contacts

REGIONAL COMMISSIONER HEAD DEVELOPMENT & CARE COORDINATOR EDUCATION & TRAINING ADMIN ASSISTANT
GAUTENG
Advocate: T Mqobi
012 420 0102
012 342 4225 (F)
Act: MM Molefe
082 888 9900
012 420 0105
012 342 4325 (f)
MDK Mohape
012 420 0150
012 342 4233 (f)
Ms. D Singo
012 420 0170
012 342 4233 (f)
EASTERN CAPE
Ms N Sontshatsha
043 706 7800
Mr. E Davashe
083 477 0646
043 706 7821
043 722 1065
   
WESTERN CAPE
Mr. J Smallburger
021 550 6008
021 559 6685 (f)
Ms. Z Kokong
082 889 9524
021 550 6006
021 558 7351
Mr. AV Nelani
072 101 6431
021 550 6015
021 558 7351 (F)
Ms. L Pieterse
083 419 4485
021 550 6120
021 558 1351 (f)
FREE STATE/ NORTHERN CAPE
Act: M Ncongwane
Mr. G Willson
051 404 0284
051 448 2261 (f)
Ms. M Modiragale
083 276 4864
051 404 0228
051 448 2261 (f)
Mr. Klokow Julius
083 789 9082
051 404 0230
051 448 2261 (f)
KWAZULU/NATAL
Mr. N Nhleko
082 800 0565
033 355 7306
033 345 1198 (f)
Act: K Khumalo
082 294 8306
033 355 7361 /7311
033 342 7293 (f)
Mr. TT Mtshali
082 711 2395
033 355 7376
033 342 7293 (f)
Ms. N Shangase
073 527 6513
033 355 7376
033 342 7293 (f)
LIMPOPO/ MPUMALANGA/ NORTH WEST
Act : Mrs. N Teane
012 323 4818
012 323 7346 (F)
Magoba MJ
082 417 5059
012 323 4818
012 323 4815 (F)
Ms. T Mahlangu
076 905 6237
012 323 4818 x110
012 323 4815 (f)
Ms. M Matshipa
079 510 3922
0123234818x210
012 323 4815 (f)

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