Performances of inmates of the Nigerian Correctional Centres in Enugu, in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) (External), organized by the National Examination Council (NECO), moved up some notches this year, with115 inmates in recording credit passes in English Language and Mathematics.
This feat was disclosed by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS), Enugu State Command, Mr. Monday Chukwuemeka in a statement issued recently in Enugu, capital of Enugu state, South East Nigeria.
According to Chukwuemeka, this year’s performances of the inmates in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE (External), were results of hard work by inmates.
Chukwuemeka added that in the 2018 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) (External) conducted by NECO, 84 inmates got credit passes in English Language and Mathematics while 136 inmates got credit passes in English Language and Mathematics in 2019.
He said further that all the inmates were coached for the examinations within the custodial centre. “The Nigerian Correctional Service under the visionary leadership of Mr Haliru Nababa focuses on educational development as a viable tool for reforming offenders.
“With the NCoS Act of 2019; the service has created a paradigm shift in the treatment of inmates in custody.
“The paradigm shift to correction and reform has given rise to the opportunity for inmates to actualize their educational aspirations while in reformatory/rehabilitation process,’’ he said.
The inmates’ performances, according to Chukwuemeka, was also commended by Enugu State Command of NCoS, Mr Joseph Emelue, who has also appealed to members of the public to see the inmates as reformed people upon their release and avoid stigmatizing them.