Fifty – nine inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday sat for the on – going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The figure was an improvement over the 32 that sat for the examination in 2016 .
The Principal of the Ikoyi Prison School, Mr Idris Ibikunle , said that the candidates were better prepared this year, adding that he was expecting a better performance.
“ More inmates registered for the examination this year because they saw the urge to secure their future and prepare for reintegration after their prison terms . Many of them have realised that they ought not to be in prison if they were educated .
“ It is because of lack of education and lack of awareness that pushed some of them into getting involved in dirty habit and anti – social behaviour which landed them in prison .
“ Some of them , because of lack of education , were cajoled into participating in criminal activities ,’’ Ibikunle said .
The principal added that the prison authority had supported the inmates in preparing for the examination .
Ibikunle noted that the inmates would proceed to the National Open University of Nigeria if they meet up admission requirements .
The Deputy Controller of Prisons , Mr Julius Ezeugwu, said that the examination was conducted without any hitch, adding that he was optimistic that the candidates would perform well .
Ezeugwu explained that the examination was taken in batches in order to allow for those who have court appearance to do so.
Mr Kunmi Popoola , the JAMB ’ s Director of Psychometrics , who supervised the centre , said that the board provided the Prisons School centre with 60 new computers and accessories for the conduct of the examination .
He commended the zeal of some of the inmates towards education as they conducted themselves well during the examination .
“ I am happy with the conduct of the examination for the inmates, it was orderly and smooth. The examination is a reformative step and not punitive .
“ Those who are about completing their jail terms , are getting ready to be re – integrated into the larger society , ’’ Popoola said .
According to him , the JAMB Registrar , Prof . Is- haq Oloyede, is very passionate about these class of candidates in ensuring that everyone is given equal opportunity .