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Kodiaga Women Prison set to roll out secondary education

BUSIA
By | January 12th 2011

By NICHOLAS ANYUOR

Kisumu County

Kodiaga Women Prison in Kisumu is planning to start a secondary school section to admit its candidates who passed last year’s KCPE examination.

This comes after it produced the best candidates nationwide in the women prisoners’ category.

The jail has no post-primary section even though most of its KCPE candidates performed well.

"We produced the best prisoners nationwide in our category. This now means we need our own secondary school to offer education to prisoners," Nereah Sule, the officer in-charge, said.

Sule said her office had written to the Ministry of Education to lend a hand in the construction of classrooms.

Next week, the prisoners will start Form One classes in a temporary structure as funds are sought to have better buildings. "We are starting classes next week," she said. The inaugural class will have four students.

Performed well

"They were seven but only four did well. Those who didn’t perform well plan to repeat this year," she added.

The highest female candidate at the jail scored 304 marks out of possible 500, followed by another with 303. The third candidate scored 296 marks while the last one had 294 marks. "The remaining three scored less than 100 marks and are contemplating repeating and we have no problem with that," she said.

Those who are to join Form One are mostly capital offenders, with some serving life sentences.

The institution is expected to get teachers from the Prisons College and two others from the ministry.

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