Young inmates of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution (CCCI) were today (October 14) presented with academic and vocational certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their efforts and willingness to turn over a new leaf.
A total of 153 candidates from CCCI sat for various academic and vocational examinations in the past 12 months. Among the 357 certificates obtained, 133 are merit certificates.
Today, 32 inmates were presented with 88 certificates. They obtained 65 distinctions and credits, as well as 29 passes in the City and Guilds of London Institute Examinations, the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, and the examinations organised by the Construction Industry Council Training Academy.
The inmates achieved good results in Chinese, English, Mathematics, Commerce, Social Studies, Travel and Tourism, Word Processing and Business Communication, computer applications, City and Guilds Vocational Qualifications and Intermediate Trade Tests organised by the Construction Industry Council Training Academy. Even more encouraging is that CCCI had struck a passing rate record of 85.7% in HKCEE this year.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, District Governor of Rotary International District 3450 (Hong Kong, Macao and Mongolia) Ms Ada Y C Cheng said, " With the ultimate goal of enhancing inmates’ self-reliance and employability after release, the Correctional Services Department provides mainly general education and vocational training, supplemented with moral cultivation to inmates, so that they have a chance to re-learn and introspect."
She said the achievements of the inmates not only testified to the continuous efforts of the inmates themselves, and the positive results of correctional work, but also testified to the hard work of masters and staff.
"Parents attending this ceremony show your great concern for your children. Your support and care are the main motivations for their hard work," Ms Cheng said.
She encouraged inmates and correctional staff to continue their efforts and further pursue their aspirations. “ I believe that correctional staff will continue to practice the mission of ‘discipline and care for rehabilitated offenders’, take good care of inmates and lead them into the right path, to enable them to become law-abiding and contribute to society after reintegration,” she said.
Also taking part in the ceremony were parents of the inmates, representatives of community organisations and celebrities.
Situated at 123 Cape Collinson Road, Chai Wan, CCCI has a capacity of 192 penal places for young male offenders aged from 14 to under 21 who are ordered by court to undergo the training centre programme for an indeterminate period of six months to three years.
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, October 14, 2009
Issued at HKT 15:27
CCCI had struck a passing rate record of 85.7% in HKCEE this year since 1995. Photograph shows officiating guest Ms Ada Cheng presents a certificate to an inmate at the certificate presentation ceremony in Cape Collinson Correctional Institution.