oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The in-service training of Correctional Services Staff at the Kroonstad satellite campuses of the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) and the Department Correctional Services (DCS)



The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has three satellite campuses respectively in Krugersdorp, Zonderwater and Kroonstad in the Free State. For the purpose of this paper in the discussion group sessions of the SASCE conference, the focus is on the Kroonstad satellite campus where the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) also operat es a regional learning centre. Here, Correctional Services staff can further their studies for a National Diploma in Correctional Service Management or they can study at the UNISA learning centre which is situated in Kroonstad. In practice, Correctional Services staffs who want to further their in-service training can receive quality instruction from their instructors, who also offer part time lectures at the CUT as well as at the UNISA learning centres. The problem, however, is that both the CUT and UNISA are restructuring their services due to government policy and mergers of higher education institutions in the Free State. Subs equently, the purpose of this discussion paper will be an effort to regenerate the good practises for quality in service training opportunities for DCS-staff in order to obtain higher educational qualifications. This will serve to address the urgent outcry for the improvement of quality training and development of DCS- staff not only at provincial level but also at National level (Fredericks, 2006).


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