Young inmates of Lai King Correctional Institution (LKCI) were today (September 30) presented with academic and vocational certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their achievements.
A total of 52 inmates, among them many who had been discharged from the institution, obtained a total of 90 distinctions and 37 passes in the City and Guilds examinations, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, the LCCI International Qualifications examinations and the examinations organised by the Clothing Industry Training Authority.
They achieved good results in academic qualifications in Chinese and English computer applications, Book-keeping, Clothing Product Development, Pattern Making, as well as Food & Beverage Service.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, Mrs Corona Cheuk, Chairperson of Yan Oi Tong, said: "The achievements of the inmates not only testify to the continuous efforts of the inmates themselves, and the positive results of correctional work, but also testify to the hard work of masters and staff."
She said that the Correctional Services Department provides mainly general education and vocational training, supplemented with moral cultivation, to inmates. The department also invested many resources to provide comprehensive rehabilitative services with the ultimate goal of enhancing inmates' self-reliance and employability after release.
She encouraged the inmates to further pursue their aspirations and not to be complacent."Parents attending this ceremony show your great concern for your children. Your support and care are the main motivation for their hard work," Mrs Cheuk said.
Also taking part in the ceremony were parents of the inmates, and representatives of community organisations and celebrities.
Situated at 16 Wa Tai Road, Kwai Chung, CSD's LKCI is a minimum security institution established in May 2008. It has a capacity of 240 penal places for young female offenders aged from 14 to under 21.
The department provides half-day compulsory education programmes and half-day vocational training for young offenders under age 2l. Guidance and assistance are also in place for adult offenders who participate in studies on a voluntary basis.
Ends/Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Issued at HKT 17:13
Officiating guest Mrs Corona Cheuk presents a certificate to an inmate at the certificate presentation ceremony in Lai King Correctional Institution.