Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (203)

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

203. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of prisoners actively following a course with the Open University at the present time, in each institution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26328/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Education Unit in each of the prisons offers a broad and flexible programme of education to prisoners, ranging from basic literacy classes to Open University courses. With regard to Open University, there is a uniform application procedure with associated guidelines and prisoners must demonstrate the proven academic ability required to complete a third level course of study, prior to funding being approved.

Education Units in prisons are involved in the development and implementation of a wide variety of courses catering for the needs and interests of prisoners. While Open University courses represent the higher end of academic achievement in prisons, the majority of courses on offer lead to certification, mainly State examinations or FETAC accreditation.

The number of prisoners actively following a course with the Open University at the present time, in total and in each institution is set out in the table under.

Open University

2013

Arbour Hill

          12

Castlerea

            6

Cloverhill

          -  

Cork

            1

Dóchas

            3

Limerick

          -  

Loughan Hse

            1

Midlands

          11

Mountjoy

          -  

Portlaoise

            5

Shelton Abbey

            1

St.Patrick's

          -  

Training Unit

            3

Wheatfield

            6

TOTAL

          49