Though locked up in prison, no fewer than 50 inmates will have the chance to write the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

If they are successful, they will have the chance to further their education in a Nigerian tertiary institution.

Principal at Ikoyi Prisons School, Idris Ibikunle said the inmates have been prepared well for the examination as officials of the facility have stepped up efforts in ensuring an excellent performance.

“Right now, we are preparing about 50 of the inmates for the next UTME and by what I see, they are very determined to excel.

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“We are yet to enroll them for the examination proper; we want to give a little more room for others interested so we can do the enrolment once.

“I am optimistic that we will enroll more than 50 of the inmates for the examination,’’ Ibikunle told NAN.

Earlier in the year, 59 inmates were registered for the 2017 UTME, out which 35 had their results released and are at various stages of admission placement to tertiary institutions.

The principal added that 40 inmates were being prepared for the newly introduced 2018 January/February diet of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates.

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