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Thousands of Saudi prisoners prepare to sit exams

Many inmates are scheduled to sit exams for university as part of the prison system's education program

Thousands of Saudi prisoners prepare to sit exams
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More than 5800 people in Saudi prisons – including some on death row – are preparing to sit exams next week.

About 1000 of the inmates are scheduled to sit exams for university, while the others are doing various levels of education, assistant spokesman for the General Directorate of Prisons, Abdullah Al Harbi was quoted as saying by Arab News.

Halls within prisons have been equipped with security as well as the necessary tools for inmates to sit exams.

He said many prisoners were open to studying while in prison as part of the system’s bid to support their reform.

Prisons offered libraries, desks and other study materials to ensure the environment was conducive to studying, he said.

“The directorate is keen to support inmates and allow them to continue their lives and their education as they carry out their sentences,” Al Harbi quoted.

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