The Justice and Correctional Services Department said the matric pass rate in the country's prisons increased by more than 10% in 2014. In grade 12, the overall pass rate had increased from 58.8% in 2013 to 68.9% in 2014. The 2015 class showed an improved pass rate of 73%.
Acting Chief Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Correctional Service Dr Joey Coetzee says the department is proud of the class of 2015.
Just as matrics across the country received their results this week, the country's prisoners who wrote the 2015 matric exams received theirs. This was announced earlier in the week by Correctional Services National Commissioner Zach Modise.
Nearly 200 inmates wrote their matric exams at the end of last year. Coetzee said: "Access to education forms the basis of all the rehabilitation programmes offered to the inmates."
He added that "illiteracy has a close link to criminal behavior. That is why the department offers a system that allows inmates a chance not to leave the prison system after 10 or 15 years still illiterate."
These results will hopefully give the inmates a chance of building a better future for themselves and enable them to contribute positively in their communities.