Young inmates at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution (CCCI) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were today (September 19) presented with academic and vocational training certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their efforts and achievements.
A total of 103 candidates from the institution sat for various academic and vocational examinations in the past 12 months. Among the 334 certificates obtained, 68 were merit certificates.
Today, 35 inmates were presented with 138 certificates. They obtained 27 distinctions and credits, as well as 111 passes, in the City and Guilds of London Institute Examinations, the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination and the public examinations organised by the Vocational Training Council and the Construction Industry Council.
The inmates achieved good results in Chinese language, English language, mathematics, economics, liberal studies, tourism and hospitality studies, City and Guilds vocational qualifications and Intermediate Trade Tests organised by the Construction Industry Council.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, member of the Correctional Services Children's Education Trust Investment Advisory Board Ms Clarea Au said, "The CCCI provides education and vocational training in the institution to its young inmates who have gone astray in the past, and supplements them with moral cultivation, so that they have a chance to relearn and introspect. The department's ultimate goal is to help inmates reintegrate into society and be good citizens after release."
She said the achievements of the inmates this year testified not only to their own continuous efforts and the hard work of CSD teaching staff, but also the positive results of the department's comprehensive rehabilitation work.
With the implementation of the New Senior Secondary curriculum, the CCCI has helped young inmates to continue their studies inside the institution in line with mainstream education. The Institution last year set up the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Class to train young inmates to take part in the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination in 2012.
Also attending the ceremony were parents of the inmates, representatives of community organisations and celebrities, as well as the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Sin Yat-kin.
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 2l years old. Guidance and assistance are also in place for adult offenders who participate in studies on a voluntary basis.
Ends/Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 15:45
Member of the Correctional Services Children's Education Trust Investment Advisory Board Ms Clarea Au presents certificates to an inmate representative at a certificate presentation ceremony at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution today (September 19).