NGO Seeks National Assembly’s Intervention To Restore Prisons’ Grade Tests

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  • A Non-Governmental Organization working with the prison department in Kenya has petitioned the National Assembly to help in ensuring the prison's budgetary allocation for grade tests is reconsidered.
  • A Non-Governmental Organization working with the prison department in Kenya has petitioned the National Assembly to help in ensuring the prison's budgetary allocation for grade tests is reconsidered.

A Non-Governmental Organization working with the prison department in Kenya has petitioned the National Assembly to help in ensuring the prison’s budgetary allocation for grade tests is reconsidered.

The petition was filed by the Embakasi West George Theuri on behalf of Goal Welfare Trust after the Government withdrew funding for the grade test chance dealing a major blow to the success of training programs.

In a petition which was submitted to the House team on Finance, Theuri said for over 17 years the Government backed the initiative by paying fees to the relevant examination bodies which have resulted in several ex-convicts graduating and eventually managing their own business once they are out of prison.

“The prisoners are no longer motivated to get trained or to undertake grade tests while in prison. Efforts to address this matter with relevant authorities have not borne much fruit,” the MP said.

In the petition, Goal Welfare Trust – an NGO that promotes the dignity of prisoners by enhancing collaborative efforts towards their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community by strengthening their capacity for quality life solution – says it trains and educates officers working in prison and played an important role in lobbying for the right to education, including the right of prisoners to sit for the national examinations.

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A Non-Governmental Organization working with the prison department in Kenya has petitioned the National Assembly to help in ensuring the prison’s budgetary allocation for grade tests is reconsidered.

The evaluation is said to be typically focused on how well the inmates develop marketable job skills.

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