Fifty-nine inmates of the Ikoyi Prisons, Lagos on Wednesday and Thursday sat for the on-going Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the figure was an improvement over the 32 that sat for the examination in 2016.
The Principal of the Ikoyi Prison School, Mr .Idris Ibikunle, said that the candidates were better prepared this year, adding that he was expecting better performance.
“More inmates registered for the examination this year because they saw the need to secure their future and prepare for re-integration after their prison terms.
“Many of them have realised that they ought not to be in prison if they were educated.
“It is because of lack of education and lack of awareness that pushed some of them into getting involved in dirty habit and anti-social behaviour which landed them in prison.
“Some of them, because of lack of education, were cajoled into participating in criminal activities,’’ Ibikunle said.
The principal added that the prison authority had supported the inmates in preparing for the examination.
Ibikunle noted that the inmates would proceed to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) if they meet up admission requirements.
The Deputy Controller of Prisons, Mr. Julius Ezeugwu, said that the examination was conducted without any hitch, adding that he was optimistic that the candidates would perform well.
Ezeugwu explained that the examination was taken in batches in order to allow for those who have court appearance to do so.