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Young persons in custody obtain satisfactory results in HKDSE Examination

      The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year.

     A total of 14 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 78 examination papers and obtained level 2 or above in 56 papers, representing 71.8 per cent of all papers taken. A candidate at Pik Uk Correctional Institution scored the highest result, with 23 marks overall in the six papers taken and attaining level 5 in Chinese language, while one 17-year-old candidate in Cape Collinson Correctional Institution who obtained level 5 in Economics became the youngest person in custody to meet the general entrance requirements for local universities. The latter candidate only attained the academic level of secondary three before admission to the institution and completed the three-year curriculum in less than a year.

     The 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 their release.

     The Superintendent of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Mr Chan Siu-hang, said, "Study prepares persons in custody for their reintegration into society, and academic qualifications obtained in public examinations improve their chances of finding jobs or furthering their studies."

     Preparation of young persons in custody for the HKDSE Examination is not an easy task, Mr Chan added. In the process, the persons in custody demonstrate their determination and perseverance in overcoming learning difficulties. Family support as well as guidance and assistance from CSD staff and teachers are also very important to them. In addition to gaining accredited qualifications, it is imperative that young persons in custody are able to establish positive attitudes and values through participation in examinations, Mr Chan said. He encouraged young persons in custody to continue to seize the chance to study and strive for a better future. He also called on the public to give rehabilitated offenders equal opportunities and support their reintegration into society.

     The department provides a half-day 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 are encouraged to 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 at correctional institutions 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 in mainstream schools.

Ends/Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Issued at HKT 17:55

The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows the Superintendent of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Mr Chan Siu-hang (right), presenting an examination certificate to a young person in custody who took the HKDSE Examination.
The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows the Superintendent of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Mr Chan Siu-hang (right), presenting an examination certificate to a young person in custody who took the HKDSE Examination.

The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows a young person in custody sharing his happiness at obtaining satisfactory HKDSE results with his parent.
The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows a young person in custody sharing his happiness at obtaining satisfactory HKDSE results with his parent.

The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows young persons in custody sharing their fruitful results.
The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows young persons in custody sharing their fruitful results.

The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows young persons in custody jumping for joy.
The results of the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination were released today (July 10). Young persons in custody obtained satisfactory results in the examination this year. Photo shows young persons in custody jumping for joy.