In SA, it seems the best way to get our kids educated is to lock ...

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In SA, it seems the best way to get our kids educated is to lock them up

Every subject has its hazards in prison, but just think of the many advantages

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It is true. There are 183 inmates from 13 schools ready to write the 2019 National Senior Certificate examinations. These prisoners set the bar high. Oops, wrong word. They are behind bars. But you know what I mean – these are smart inmates. The pass mark for criminals was 77.3% in 2018 – that’s higher than the average pass rate for four of the nine provinces among those who remain uncaptured.

Perhaps this is the solution to the low pass rates in SA schools. Lock up the kids. Wait, before you dismiss the idea, think of the many advantages. There is little by way of distraction like computer games or cellphones or 24-hour television. It is hard to lose a book taken from the prison library and your card surely cannot expire before you do, unless a tattooed chap called Spyker gets to you first.

Still, there’s an upside to sending your child to prison school. As a parent you don’t have to pack lunch; free meals is your portion. Who better to mark your scripts than an official from a “corrections” department? Unlike the situation in many of our dysfunctional schools, your tutors show up even if it is a prison guard doubling as a mathematics instructor...

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