Nov 15, Colombo: The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry of Sri Lanka will open a school for the prisoners in the country who lack a formal education to get a basic education.
Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera said the prison school will be opened in January 2014 at the new Watareka Prison located in Homagama, in the outer periphery of Colombo district.
He noted that statistics have revealed that out of 32,128 inmates 2,848 have not received a proper education.
The Minister explained that once opened the prison school will provide the opportunity for over 2,000 inmates to receive an education and help them to take the GCE O/L and A/L exams.
According to Gajadeera, the second phase of the project will provide higher education facilities to 280 inmates, who are interested in pursuing higher studies leading to a degree.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2012 by the Education Ministry and the Rehabilitation and Prisons Reforms Ministry to provide education facilities to inmates. The Education Ministry has agreed to provide academic staff and text books to the school.