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Inmate, 32, tops A levels in jail

Mum encouraged him to enrol in prison school despite his age and lack of confidence

Published on Mar 9, 2014 8:15 AM
Teacher Lee Chee Khuen (standing, in white) and Corporal Peranban Kumar with prison school students "Alex" (far left) and "John" (far right). Both scored distinctions in last year's A-level exams. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

It was only during his third stint in prison that Alex finally focused on his studies.

Two years into an 8 1/2-year sentence he received in 2009 for drug offences, he hit the textbooks for the first time since he was in Secondary 4.

Now 32, Alex (not his real name) emerged as last year's top A-level student at Tanah Merah Prison School when the results were released last Monday.

He scored As in mathematics, principles of accounting and mother tongue, and B in business management and economics.

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