- 50 inmates have been prepared for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by the Ikoyi Prisons School
- The school principal, Idris Ibikunle, said the school was yet to enrol the inmates because it was waiting for others that might be interested in the examination
- Ibikunle said prison officials were committed to ensuring that the inmates had nothing to lose, academically, despite their incarceration
The Ikoyi Prisons School has prepared 50 prison inmates to sit for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the principal of the school, Idris Ibikunle, disclosed this in Lagos on Thursday, December 14.
According to Ibikunle, the school has prepared the inmates well for the examination as officials of the facility have stepped up efforts in ensuring an excellent performance.
He said: “Right now, we are preparing about 50 of the inmates for the next UTME and by what I see, they are very determined to excel.
"We are yet to enroll them for the examination proper; we want to give a little more room for others interested so we can do the enrollment once.
“I am optimistic that we will enroll more than 50 of the inmates for the examination."
It was learnt that earlier this year, 59 inmates were registered for the 2017 UTME out of which 35 had their results released and are at various stages of admission placement to tertiary institutions.
The principal also said 40 inmates were being prepared for the newly introduced 2018 January/February West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.
According to him, prisons officials were committed to ensuring that the inmates had nothing to lose, academically, despite their incarceration.
The principal had, at the maiden edition of the facility’s Education Award ceremony recently in Lagos, said 20 of the inmates were running various courses in different disciplines at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
He said they were doing well in their chosen fields, ranging from criminology, security and peace studies, theology, business administration to mass communication
He, however, highlighted some constraints facing the school in the prison facility.
In his words: “We are in need of stationery as well as the establishment of a befitting Computer Based Test (CBT) centre for our external examinations.
“We therefore call for support from well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to join hands with us in ensuring that the dreams of these persons are kept alive."
NAIJ.com previously reported that a total of 322 inmates in Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons in Lagos state registered for the WASSCE in the past three years.
The controller of prisons, Lagos state command, Tunde Ladipo, gave the figure in an interview in Lagos.
The controller said that inmates only sat for WASSCE for private candidates for ordinary level certificate.
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