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The SSLC/Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examinations commenced in Tamilnadu and Pondichery on 25th March 2009. Along with the candidates appearing through Schools many candidates appeared as private candidates. Out of the private candidates more than 100 private candidates wrote the SSLC Examinations inside the Puzhal Central Prison, Chennai and the Central Prison of Coimbatore. Invigilators were supervising the prisoners mostly life-convicts writing the examination. Even the flying squads visited the special examination centers inside the prisons.
According to Director-General of Prisons Shri.R. Natraj, the senior-most ‘candidate’ was a 54-year-old Shyam, a former constable of the Central Reserve Police Force, who was convicted in a murder case.
The youngest was a 17-year-old inmate of the Pudukottai Borstal School, who wrote the examination in Coimbatore.
Prisons are not only the places for undergoing punishments of the convicts, but also places of self development of the prisoners.