PLANS are far advanced for the establishment of an Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) centre at the Kumasi Central Prisons to enable inmates to acquaint themselves with computers to help them fit into the ICT world on their discharge from the prisons.
The Ashanti Regional Commander of Prisons, Mr J. Kwaw-Yankson, made this known when a team of officers from the Ashanti Regional Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) paid a visit to the Kumasi Central Prisons.
The visit to the prisons was part of the CHRAJ’s annual inspection of detention institutions and it came just after the Access to Justice exercise, which led to the release of some remand prisoners.
Mr Kwaw-Yankson said ICT ruled the world today and it was important that the Ghana Prisons Service found ways to prepare prisoners to meet the challenges with hope on their release.
The Regional Commander said the Distance Learning Programme at the Central Prisons had been registered with the Ghana Education Service under the name, Reformation Junior High School and Reformation Senior High School and currently 30 and 25 inmates respectively were enrolled for the programmes.
He said efforts were underway to receive approval from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the schools to be made examination centres to enable the inmates to enroll for the programme to sit for the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) and WASSCE.