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 http://www.slbc.lk.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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