Prisoners score big in CXC exams

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Prisoners score big in CXC exams
Bordelais Correctional Facility
Bordelais Correctional Facility

The overall performance of inmates at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) who wrote the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)-Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations was satisfactory, especially in the areas of mathematics and social studies.

Director of the facility Hilary Herman has said that Bordelais obtained a 90 per cent pass rate from the 23 inmates who wrote the CSEC exams at the general proficiency level. The facility obtained one distinction, one grade two, and two grade threes.

Five inmates sat the mathematics exam, two succeeded with a grade one, and three inmates obtained grade threes.

Five inmates wrote principles of business and obtained one – grade one, three – grade twos, and one – grade three. Social studies had the largest number of inmates writing the exam, and recorded four – twos, two – threes, and two were unsuccessful.

The facility’s education programme comprises of both remedial classes and CXC classes in English, mathematics, social studies and principles of business.

Inmates have been performing very well, scoring healthy pass rates annually. The CXC programme at the prison is in its fifth year.

 

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  1. this is a right step. most of the times , people turn to crime and violence because they feel less important in society.

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  2. Maybe we should be allowing the "Reps in the House" to do some exams since it seems to be working at Bodelaise. Why not make this compulsory at our other "institution which needs correcting."

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  3. someone succeeding a CXC exam does not mean he or she has given up on their evil ways or doing what landed them in jail what it shows is potential, unless the government and private sector can come together and find ways to help these folks become productive members of society once let out jail most of them will fall back on the what they know best.

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  4. It is great that the inmates are allowed/encouraged to continue their education and hopefully allowed another chance upon release. Both educated and less educated commit crimes, let us not loose sight of this.
    Hopefully upon release they can become productive, law abiding citizens.
    Kudos to the authorities for using the people's money for empowering their own.

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  5. What methods are they using at the prison? Maybe we should try it at our secondary schools. They seem to be getting better results. Great story, this is what rehabilitation is about, make them better people.

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    • Judging by the figures, the classes seem smaller and that makes a big difference.So therefore each student gets more time.

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  6. The government of the commonwealth have to look into introducing a learning program of that nature at the dominica state prision because often times when inmates leave the penitentiary the are unqualified and the only recourse is to go back to the streets and do drugs.

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  7. This is great, now let's raise the bar a little and allow them access to higher education perhaps " A levels" . I think that's the next step up in Saint Lucia from CXC.

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    • im happy that they're getting cxc but if u give criminals more than that they will rule poor slu and the world.....they will master crime and violence

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    • Wonderful. An expansion of the program is due. If we want to give the prisoners a fair chance, then they need to be offered an opportunity for (at least) 5 subjects in one sitting as is required by employers and academic institutions.

      I wish to advise that the remaining subjects be CXC Tech-Voc/CVQ ie Caribbean Vocational Qualifications, up to Level 5. This competency based training should be relatively easy to implement because the some of facilities are already available - Farms for Crop Production, Woodwork Shed for Carpentry and Furniture Making etc. - and would engage a larger population of the prison population. The existing instructors can train the prisoners; send them off for training with CXC facilitators.

      Here is a list of the CVQ certifications on this page: http://cxc.org/?q=node/8288

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  8. This is awesome because it reinforces the whole concept of imprisonment which is to rehabilitate in an effort for inmates to make something/become a functional individual once they are released into society...

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  9. Katie Smith, I couldn't agree with you more. These are certainly some of the stories that should be heavily circulated in the print and social media, as much as those that cast nothing but negativity on the island.

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  10. Hats off to BCF, very good initiative. I pray that upon release (if they are entitled), these inmates will be given an opportunity to put their achievement to practice, and they won't be stereotyped. We should certainly be living in a society of second chances.

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  11. Many may not agree with me but I'm happy to read stories like this as it shows one finding him self beyond his challenges and constraints. It shows that an inmate can change and can go forward. The labels of society are their greatest demise after being set free. Ps. Not everyone imprisoned is guilty of a crime or have committed an act.

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    • Can't agree with you more but my concern is the Media is too hasty to published all the negative things. These are the stuff I need to see in on our news. Thanks to St. Lucia news online. Bravo to the guys who wrote the exams..You can still do better!!

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