Sri Lanka Opens First Ever Prison School

By Christopher Zoukis

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On February 16, 2014 Sri Lanka opened its first prison school in the Watareka prison.  According to Chandrasiri Gajadeera, minister of rehabilitation and prison reform, the school will offer classes from the 9th grade through G.C.E. Ordinary level, the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.

Students under the age of 30 who have passed an 8th grade examination will be allowed to study at the Watareka prison school.  As the program comes online, classes will be offered for the 9th and 10th grade levels.  In time classes will be offered at the higher grade levels, too.

For more information about the Watareka prison school — Sri Lanka’s first prison school — visit

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