The results of the 2014 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 14). Young persons in custody obtained good results in the examination this year.
A total of 15 young persons in custody from Pik Uk Correctional Institution, Cape Collinson Correctional Institution and Lai King Correctional Institution enrolled in this year's HKDSE Examination. They took a total of 82 examination papers and obtained level 2 or above in 81 papers, or in 98.8 per cent of all papers taken. Seven young persons in custody at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution attained level 2 or above in all 42 papers taken. Among the 15 young persons in custody, two of them met the general entrance requirements for local universities.
Exams sat included the four core subjects of Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, as well as the two electives of Economics and Tourism and Hospitality Studies.
Education has long been provided by the Correctional Services Department (CSD) to help young persons in custody further their studies, find jobs and reintegrate into society after release.
Assistant Commissioner (Rehabilitation) of the CSD, Mr Woo Ying-ming said, "In preparation for the smooth reintegration into society of persons in custody, academic qualifications obtained in public examinations would improve their chances of finding jobs or furthering their studies."
In addition to the hard work of the young persons in custody, the support and guidance given by the staff and teachers of the CSD contributed to the good results obtained in the HKDSE Examinations this year. Mr Woo encouraged the young persons in custody to continue seizing the chance to study and strive for a better future. He also called on the public to give persons in custody and rehabilitated offenders equal opportunities and support their reintegration into society.
The Department provides a half-day compulsory education programme and half-day vocational training for young persons in custody under the age of 21. Guidance and assistance are also in place for adult persons in custody, who can participate in studies on a voluntary basis.
To keep in line with the development of Hong Kong education, the CSD has initiated the New Senior Secondary curriculum by phases at correctional institutions since 2010 and helps young persons in custody sit the HKDSE Examination. Young persons in custody are given the same opportunity to study at correctional institutions as students are in other schools.
Ends/Monday, July 14, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:39
The Superintendent of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Mr Liu Yuen-kwong, today (July 14) presents an examination certificate to a young person in custody who participated in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination.
A young rehabilitated person shares his satisfactory HKDSE results with his mother.