Young inmates of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution (CCCI) were today (October 6) presented with academic and vocational training certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their efforts and achievements.
A total of 98 candidates from the institution sat for various academic and vocational examinations in the past 12 months. Among the 323 certificates obtained, 92 are merit certificates.
Today, 46 inmates were presented with 237 certificates. They obtained 66 distinctions and credits, as well as 171 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.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, Chairperson of the 31st Term of Board of Directors of Yan Oi Tong, Ms Shirley Chong said, "The Correctional Services Department (CSD)'s training centres provides education and vocational training, supplemented with moral cultivation to inmates, so that they have a chance to re-learn and introspect. The department's ultimate goal is to help inmates re-integrate into society and be self-reliant as well as enhance their abilities in further education and employment after release."
She said the achievements of the inmates not only testified to their own continuous efforts, the hard work of CSD teaching staff and the positive results of correctional work, but also to the care and support of their parents.
Ms Chong praised CSD's Education Unit for keeping pace with the development of the New Senior Secondary Curriculum by upgrading its education quality continuously. More resources and education kits are provided to inmates so that they have better options in further education and employment.
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 6, 2010
Issued at HKT 15:19
Officiating guest Ms Shirley Chong, Chairperson of the 31st Term of Board of Directors of Yan Oi Tong, presents certificates to inmates at the certificate presentation ceremony in Cape Collinson Correctional Institution today (October 6).