30 Inmates at Luzira Prison Among UACE Candidates

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Thirty inmates serving long sentences at Luzira Prison are among the candidates sitting the 2016 Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education UACE examinations.

Thirty inmates serving long sentences at Luzira Prison will be among the candidates sitting the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) examinations that starts on Monday.

Biryomumaisho Anatoli Owakubaruho, Senior Welfare & Rehabilitation Officer in charge of Inmate Formal & Informal Education Uganda Prisons Service says 26 of the inmates are males while four are females.

The inmates are all from Upper Prison, the Maximum Security Prison, Luzira Women Prison, the Women Maximum Security Prison and Murchison Bay Prison which form the Upper Prison Inmate Secondary School.

Biryomumaisho told URN that the Uganda Prisons Service undertook a study and established that there were empirical links between crimes and the level of education among the inmates, prompting them to embrace formal education as a corrective measure.

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According to Biryomumaisho, over the years the education opportunities given to inmates have contributed significantly in the reduction of crimes and the level of recidivism, the habit of committing more crime.

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The candidates will write Economics paper one and Chemistry on Monday November 14th in the morning and Economics paper two in the afternoon followed by History paper three and four and Mathematics paper one the following day. They will end on December 6th  with translation, composition and comprehension and summaries in different vernaculars.

The Uganda Prisons Services introduced the education scheme for Primary Seven and Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) candidates in 2000 and UACE in 2002 with an established Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) centre at the Upper Prison.

Currently, the Prisons Service is administering 13 Inmate Primary Schools and three Inmate Secondary Schools including the Upper Prison Inmate Secondary School. Others include Kigo Reformatory Secondary School in Wakiso district and Gulu Main Secondary School in Northern Uganda.

On Thursday, 26 inmates graduated with certificates and diplomas in Entrepreneurship and Business Management of Makerere University Business School.