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Inmates Achieve

Between May 2009 and October 2010, 67 inmates passed exams in subjects such as spreadsheet processing techniques, English for office skills, numeracy and word-processing.

Inmates continue to take advantage of education opportunities under the penal system's rehabilitation programme - and according to reports, exam successes are increasing.

The United Kingdom's City and Guilds (C&G) examination centre recently submitted results from the last examinations in July.

All six passed their maths exams: One acing the Numeracy Stage-Two paper with distinction; while the other five passed Numeracy Stage-Three (two of them with distinction).

Seven candidates passed Level One English, five at the first-class level.

Others took the English for Business Communication exam, resulting in one first-class pass and seven others attaining passing grades.

"I am delighted by our inmates' continued academic successes," said Prison Service Director Dwight Scott.

He said that several factors had contributed to the encouraging results. These included an increasing acceptance of the educational programme on the part of prisoners, a renewed focus by his own educators and officers, and strong backing from the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs.

Between May 2009 and October 2010, 67 inmates passed exams in subjects such as spreadsheet processing techniques, English for office skills, numeracy and word-processing.

Cayman's institutions gained accreditation two years ago, following a rigorous process which saw C&G officials examining the prisons' education programme and inspecting the facilities.

City and Guilds is the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the UK. It serves a wide range of industries, from entry level to the highest points of professional achievement. Today, the globally-recognised C&G examination centres offer more than 500 qualification choices.

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