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Old 12-02-2004, 02:34 PM
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Baisu jail inmates matriculate with Grade 12 education

INMATES comprising of a woman and five men serving sentences at the Baisu jail in the Western Highlands province became the first to attain equivalent to Grade 12 education through the matriculation program offered by the University of Papua New Guinea.

The inmates studying at the Baisu University Sub-Center have completed their matriculation studies program through the Open College (former IDCE) at the end of the 2003 academic year.

They have set the pace and when released, would hopefully pursue further studies in tertiary institutions and technical colleges. They follow others who have studied while serving jail terms through UPNG's distance education program.

Open College officials cited some examples - a provincial treasurer who studied while in jail, a current full time student who studied while in jail in Kavieng and a finance officer who studied for a Diploma in Commerce while serving time at Bomana for murder.
The inmates are the last of the matriculants under the IDCE program. It was replaced by new Certificate in Tertiary and Community Studies program run by the UPNG Open College in January 2004.

Mt Hagen Open Campus director, Hugo Kop said that the eight inmates are among the last of the matriculation studies students and pioneers from the prison.

The inmates worked hard to complete the program under very difficult situations in jail and they should be proud of themselves.
"It is an indication that there is no limit to the process of learning. Education does not stop for someone who goes to jail," he said.
The six inmates become the pioneers to have completed Adult Matriculation level studies while in jail and they will be able to pursue tertiary studies when they leave.

Mr. Kop urged other inmates throughout PNG to follow suit and for agencies of government to make the environment conducive for the prosperity of prisoners. Prisons are for rehabilitation as well as human resources development.

He said that the Australian government through its aid agency, AusAID has been very supportive to the inmates.

They helped pay the students' tuition fees through an arrangement with the Correction Services Department.

He said that inmates are not able to raise money to pay their tuition although they would want to learn and progress like other citizens. The inmates really appreciate AusAID's kind gesture.

Mr. Kop also said UPNG is proud of the achievements of this group of student inmates because it reflects on its role as a provider of educational opportunities through the flexible mode which is proving to be very successful in provinces throughout PNG.

The CTCS program with improved course content that replaced the matriculation program is therefore recommended to citizens (including inmates) as a tool for further advancement in professional careers and further more advanced studies, he added.


Hagen Open Campus director, Hugo Kop (in while) and a CIS officer in white jeans (next to him) and some of the inmate students of Baisu Jail in Mt Hagen.
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