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Adult Education hopes prison programme can reduce repeat offenders

by: Dominica Vibes News - September 6, 2018
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Acting Adult Education Officer, Francisca Joseph

Acting Adult Education Officer Francisca Joseph has said the division is hopeful that its prison programme can reduce the number of repeat offenders.

In May 2017 fourteen (14) inmates of the State Prison ranging in ages from 18 to 25, sat CSEC English exam. This was the first time such an initiative was embarked upon.

Speaking to members of the media last week, Joseph said the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations programme at the Dominica State College will continue.

“We are continuing at the State Prison with English and Principles of Business and we’re hoping that at the end of the day when they get out that they can have the skill that they require in order that they don’t go back.”

In 2019, a total of twenty-four inmates will sit the CSEC exams in English and Principles of Business.

“In order to reduce recidivism at the prison we’re hoping that Adult Education can play a part in the whole process and this is more or less how we respond to the call for resilience,” Joseph added.