Young inmates at Lai King Correctional Institution (LKCI) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were today (October 19) presented with academic and vocational training certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their efforts and achievements.
A total of 68 candidates from the institution sat for various academic and vocational examinations in the past 12 months. Among the 121 certificates obtained, 44 were merit certificates.
Today, 21 inmates were presented with 54 certificates. They obtained 29 distinctions and credits, as well as 25 passes, in the City and Guilds of London Institute Examinations, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Examinations and the public examinations organised by the Vocational Training Council.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, the Chairman of the Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors, Mr Poon Tak-ming, said that he very much agreed with the rationale of the CSD's rehabilitative work. He would make continuous efforts in various activities and dissemination to call on the public to give more support to rehabilitated persons. He also expected that the inmates could easily reintegrate into society after release by making use of their studies at the institution.
Also attending the ceremony were the Commissioner of Correctional Services, Mr Sin Yat-kin, representatives of community organisations and celebrities, as well as parents of the inmates.
Situated at 16 Wa Tai Road, Kwai Chung, LKCI has a capacity of 200 penal places for young female offenders aged from 14 to under 21 who are ordered by court.
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/Friday, October 19, 2012
Issued at HKT 16:11
The Chairman of the Pok Oi Hospital Board of Directors, Mr Poon Tak-ming, presents a certificate to an inmate at a certificate presentation ceremony at Lai King Correctional Institution today (October 19).