AT LEAST 325 inmates at the Bataan District Jail in Balanga City have completed their education under the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said 301 of the graduates finished high school while 21 completed elementary school requirements.
Of the inmates who completed their ALS studies, 216 are males and the rest are females.
The BJMP program, in coordination with the Department of Education, is aimed to give education to detainees who have not received formal schooling.
ALS is designed to measure the competencies of those who have neither attended nor finished elementary or secondary education in the formal school system.
BJMP officials led the handing of graduation certificates to 52 male inmates who just completed high school and 14 others who finished elementary.
Presently enrolled for the current school year are 70 inmates with 39 in high school and 31 in the elementary.
The enrollees attend daily classes from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Among other programs of BJMP are livelihood and skills development for 1,178 male and about 120 female inmates in the former Bataan Provincial Jail.
Detainees are engaged in haircutting, pedicure, manicure, handicraft (basket weaving), garment sowing, picture frame making, mosaic making and baking.
Inmates operate their own bakery where bread, cakes and cookies are sold to detainees and visitors, the BJMP said. (Ric Sapnu)