TAMIL NADU

Prisoners to hold literacy classes for inmates

LEARNING: District Revenue Officer Srivenkatapriya handing over books to a convict. —

LEARNING: District Revenue Officer Srivenkatapriya handing over books to a convict. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: To bring about a positive transformation in the inmates, the Prison Department has launched a 100 per cent literacy programme in the Central Prison and the Special Prison for Women here.

Christened “Nootrukku Nooru Kalvi Thittam”, the latest educational initiative is aimed at turning the illiterate male and female prisoners literates by conducting classes inside the jail premises.

The initiative for convicts and remand prisoners is in addition to the Continuing Education Programme (CEP) already in place for dropouts and semi-literate convicts.

The Central Prison here accommodates 2,000 male prisoners, including 800 convicts. Of the 230 inmates lodged in the Special Prison for Women, over 70 are convicts. A good number of them are illiterate.

The Prison authorities have decided to rope in “qualified” convicts to take classes. The authorities have planned to engage about 15 qualified “prisoner teachers” to handle classes for two hours every morning . Wages would be paid for these “ teachers” and basic learning materials such as text books, note books and slates would be provided though the Sarva Shikha Abiyan programme.

The illiterate prisoners would be taught to write their names and numbers. “The exercise would be a step-by-step process for easy learning, said Superintendent of Prisons, Central Prison, A. Murugesan. The initiative, he is certain, would improve their confidence.

The project launched on the instruction of the Director General of Police (Prisons) R. Nataraj would be implemented in all sub jails by taking the help of the CEP trainers.

The reading materials were distributed to some convicts by District Revenue Officer Srivenkatapriya on Republic Day.

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