(MENAFN - Arab News) Over 3,600 Saudi prisoners are continuing their studies in the Kingdom's prisons, informed sources told Arab News Wednesday.
They said the 3,626 inmates, both men and women, are studying in 127 prison schools consisting of 785 classrooms and are being taught by 641 teachers.
According to the sources, 785 prisoners are attending adult education schools, 1,187 are in intermediate schools and 1,476 in secondary schools. They said 296 of them are attending universities.
Meanwhile, the directorate general of prisons announced that it had completed arrangements with all prison and correction homes for the 2011/2012 academic year in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
It reiterated that it was keen to help inmates continue their education while they served their prison terms. "Education programs have been implemented to qualify prisoners so that they become good citizens," the directorate said.
In a similar development, the department of education in Jazan Wednesday signed an agreement with the committee in charge of caring for prisoners and their families to hold training sessions and provide guidance programs to inmates in the city.