In a singular initiative, 5 convicts serving sentences in Burail Model Jail have been made “teachers” — simply to teach illiterate inmates. Speaking to The Indian Express, Virat, AIG (Prisons), Chandigarh stated, “Illiterate inmates, including undertrials and convicts, were identified. After this, five other convicts who were well-qualified were assigned the task of giving lessons to the illiterate inmates.”
“There are around 1,000 inmates in the jail. We have identified 60 undertrials and 16 convicted prisoners who are illiterate. Our aim is to educate the identified prisoners,” Virat stated.
As per the particular programme, a schedule of one-hour class has been made for the prisoners. Classes of the undertrials will start at 10 am daily on the jail premises whereas the convicted inmates who’re additionally serving rigorous imprisonment will attend courses from 4 pm. The prisoners will probably be taught in a gaggle of three.
After a month, the inmates who’ve attended the every day class will probably be evaluated. If their studying and writing expertise have improved, they will pursue examine from National Open School by way of the jail, the AIG stated.
Among the 5 convicts assigned educating obligation, one is serving sentence in an NDPS case and has finished masters in English. The second one is an MBA and is serving sentence beneath the Prevention of Corruption Act. The third one is a Bachelor of Science graduate who can also be serving sentence beneath the Prevention of Corruption Act. The fourth one is a Master of Technology (M Tech) and is serving sentence for hurting a public servant within the discharge of his obligation. Lastly, a B Tech graduate is serving sentence in a rape case.
The inmates who will probably be taking courses have been supplied with books and different examine materials. “First of all, the inmates identified for taking classes will be taught English and Hindi. If any one of them wants to learn Punjabi language too, it will be considered. They will be taught alphabets and numericals, as their syllabus relates to basic education, which is also termed adult education,” Virat stated.
AIG Virat maintains “our primary aim is that anyone who has come to jail and is not able to read or write his name, he should learn it, so that when he is freed from the prison, he has some education to live his life”.