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50 Ikoyi Prison Inmates To Write 2018 UTME




Inmates receiving lecture in class

50 prisoners to write 2018 UTME.

The Principal of Ikoyi Prisons School, Idris Ibikunle, has said that at least 50 prison inmates will write the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

He said officials of the school have increased their efforts to ensure that the prisoners prepared well for excellent performance in the examination.

“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 enrolment once.

I am optimistic that we will enroll more than 50 of the inmates for the examination,’’ Ibikunle said.

Naija News gathered that earlier this year, 59 inmates were registered for the 2017 UTME out which 35 had their results released and placed to tertiary institutions at various stages of admission.

He added that 40 inmates were being prepared for the newly introduced 2018 January/February diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates, adding that the prison officials were committed to ensuring that the inmates had nothing to lose, academically, despite their imprisonment.

Ibikunle, at the maiden edition of the facility’s Education Award ceremony recently in Lagos, had said 20 of the inmates were running various courses in different disciplines at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. He added that they were doing well in their chosen fields, ranging from Criminology, Security and Peace Studies, Theology, Business Administration to Mass Communication

However, he noted some constraints facing the school, calling on well-meaning Nigerians and organisations for assistance.

“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,’’ he said.

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