Pris­on­ers reg­is­ter for ma­tric­u­la­tion exam

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI SHWE PHYU eish­we­phyu@mm­times.com

MORE and more in­mates are ap­ply­ing to take their ma­tric­u­la­tion exam this year, says In­sein Cen­tral Prison. A to­tal of 31 men and one woman have reg­is­tered, said deputy di­rec­tor U Myo Oo on Oc­to­ber 11.

“This is the high­est num­ber ever,” he said.

The prison has per­mit­ted in­mates to reg­is­ter for the exam ev­ery year since 2012, when three reg­is­tered. All failed. The num­bers have been ris­ing since.

“Most stu­dents don’t know they can sit the exam here, and have no in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tion. We try to get them in­ter­ested, and this is the re­sult,” he said.

Prison staff mem­ber U Zaw Linn Maung said, “Two will be re­leased be­fore the exam, one in Novem­ber and one in De­cem­ber. They reg­is­tered through their par­ents.”

Ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion has been avail­able in the prison is since 2006. In the 2013-14 aca­demic year, five in­mates took the exam and two passed. The next year, seven passed out of 17 ap­pli­cants, and last year 11 passed out of 19.

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