A total of 107 persons in custody in Shek Pik Prison (SPP) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were presented with certificates at a ceremony today (November 7) in recognition of their study efforts and academic achievements.
The 107 persons in custody awarded certificates today had passed 236 papers with 164 distinctions and credits and achieved a total of 845 university credit points. Among them, eight persons in custody were awarded Bachelor Degrees of Business Administration, a Bachelor Degree of Business Administration in China Business and Bachelor Degrees of General Studies by the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). Two persons in custody attained good academic results and were presented with scholarships by the OUHK.
In 2018, a total of 199 persons in custody at SPP passed 306 papers in various distance learning courses and public examinations organised by the OUHK, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, the British Council and the City and Guilds International Limited.
Examinations passed covered a variety of subjects including Chinese language, English language, mathematics, economics, business finance, business statistics, business administration, software applications, Putonghua, accounting and book-keeping.
Officiating at the ceremony, the Honorary President of the Prisoners' Friends' Association (PFA) and member of the Legislative Council, Mr Michael Tien, said that the CSD endeavours to conduct suitable rehabilitation programmes to help persons in custody turn over a new leaf as well as reintegrate into society. Over the years, the PFA has long been supporting the rehabilitation work of the CSD and co-operating in fostering offender rehabilitation. The PFA's volunteers help persons in custody to cope with imprisonment by providing regular visits and correspondence.
During the ceremony, persons in custody at SPP staged a dance performance, while a band formed by persons in custody also sang to convey gratitude to their family members and all those helping them in rehabilitation.
Also attending the ceremony were the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Lam Kwok-leung; representatives of non-governmental and community organisations; community leaders; and family members of certificate recipients.
Situated on Lantau Island, SPP is a maximum security institution with a capacity of 426 penal places for male adult persons in custody.
Ends/Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Issued at HKT 16:35
Shek Pik Prison today (November 7) held a certificate presentation ceremony. Photo shows the Honorary President of the Prisoners' Friends' Association and member of the Legislative Council, Mr Michael Tien, congratulating a person in custody.
Shek Pik Prison today (November 7) held a certificate presentation ceremony. Photo shows a person in custody hugging his mother at the ceremony and conveying his gratitude for her support.
Shek Pik Prison today (November 7) held a certificate presentation ceremony. Photo shows a dance performance by persons in custody at the ceremony.