Prisoners register for matriculation exam
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.