City Jail to offer collegiate course

AIMING to provide holistic education to the inmates, social sciences and information technology courses will be offered as the classes  open this August at the two-storey school building right inside the Davao City Jail in Barangay Ma-a, Talomo District.

C/Insp. Pio Rosero, regional investigation and prosecution division chief and program development chief of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) XI, said the project is initiated by the University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) and the US-based University of Texas.

The USeP, Rosero said, will provide teachers on social sciences and information technology, the courses that are relevant to the socio-economic requirements of the region and would ensure employability to companies and industries.

“This is a very noble project. Hopefully, it will also get support from other agencies to make it sustainable,” Rosero said yesterday in the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex. The teachers will be provided with ample security by BJMP.

The two-storey school building is targeted to be completed this quarter so it would be ready on the next school year by August. The building will have six classrooms, electronic library and theatre type room.

The project will complete the schooling needs of the inmates as the Davao City Jail already has elementary and high school. The BJMP also aimed to have eventually post-graduate courses for the inmates.

As of November, the Davao City Jail housed about 3,000 inmates. There are also those who were able to graduate from Alternative Learning System, which has been offered to the detainees since 2004 inside the jail.

The college will initially cater to 50 students.

“This is the first in the whole country to have a college inside the jail. It will literally change the course of BJMP,” Rosero said.

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