Aug 15, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is taking measures to produce good citizens out of young prisoners incarcerated in country's prisons.
Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera and Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena ,with the hope for young inmates who have been sentenced for long periods to become good citizens when they leave the prison, have jointly proposed setting up a school within the prison to provide education to the prisoners.
The Cabinet has granted approval to set up the school in the new Watareka Prison located in Homagama, in the outer periphery of Colombo district jointly by the Ministries of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms and Education.
The Ministry of Education has agreed to provide academic staff and text books to this school established to develop the literacy rate and vocational skills of prison inmates.
The Ministry has allocated an estimated Rs. 35 million for the construction of a three story building for the prison school which will accommodate 400 students.
The Watareka Prison Work Camp also provides a training program in technical courses on plumbing and house wiring for adult inmates. The training courses and the required guidance are provided by the Homagama Technical College.
According to prison statistics, 2,848 out of 32,128 prison inmates are uneducated.