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Corrections is a societal responsibility

By: Lerato Thlathla

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Honourable Adv. Michael Masutha together with MEC for Department of Education, Ishmael Kgetjepe visited SJ Van Der Merwe Technical Full Service School on the 28 November 2016 at Lebowakgomo to celebrate National Annual Activism and Handover a Maths & Science Centre built by offenders.


The school have been identified as a beneficiary of Epoch and Optima Trust were in every year the School receives a certain amount of money from the Trust to address Maths challenges and also to improve the quality of results in Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

The idea behind the Maths centre project is to cub challenges related to no availability of educators at school due to number of reasons. The school saved the funds and bought building material and started engaging the Department of Correctional Services through Engagement of Offenders Programme and they assisted the school with skilled labour to help in the construction of a Maths & Science facility and full time plumbers and gardeners. The Department Of Education and that of Correctional Services have entered into Memorandum of agreement last year.

Through this the two institutions assist each other in refurbishment of schooling facilities. Offenders recently assisted education in the cleaning of burnt Schools in Vuwani area, Vhembe district.