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Last updated 13 September 2013 15:04 by NZTecAdmin

Government policy is to expand literacy and numeracy programmes so that prisoners have better literacy and numeracy skills on release. This Government goal is being pursued as a key element of the Creating Lasting Change Strategy 2011 - 2015.

Initial screening of literacy and numeracy skill among prisoners indicates a high level of need, with even higher levels of need among Māori prisoners compared with other ethnicities. Improved literacy and numeracy provides direct benefits for prisoners, assists them to undertake other education and employment training, and improves their ability to participate in rehabilitation programmes. From 2012, there will be an increased focus on addressing the literacy and numeracy needs of short-serving and remand prisoners.

The Department of Corrections provides intensive classroom-based literacy and numeracy education across all prisons through an external provider on contract to the Department. In addition, a number of Corrections Inmate Employment instructors are being up-skilled by undertaking training in how to embed literacy and numeracy training within vocational courses. As a result, many of our employment instructors are now embedding literacy and numeracy into vocational and on-job training.

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