The Assistant Commissioner (Rehabilitation) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD), Mr Tang Ping-ming, said today (July 15) that young inmates had obtained encouraging results in the second Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.
The Department enrolled a total of 13 young inmates, six from Pik Uk Correctional Institution and seven from Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, to take 70 examination papers in the HKDSE Examination 2013. They obtained examination results of level 2 or above in 59 papers, representing an 84.3 per cent pass rate. Three of them achieved the minimum requirements to enrol at university.
Subjects the inmates studied included the four core subjects of Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies, as well as two electives of Economics and Tourism and Hospitality Studies.
Noting that employment would be one of the hurdles inmates would encounter after their release, Mr Tang said academic qualifications would enhance their chance to compete for jobs and further their studies.
"The CSD is committed to providing every opportunity for inmates to equip themselves academically and assisting them in attaining accredited qualifications. We also work closely with our partners in the community to offer them market-oriented vocational training in preparation for their smooth reintegration into the community," he said.
"To keep in line with the development of education in Hong Kong, the CSD initiated the New Senior Secondary Curriculum in Pik Uk Correctional Institution and Cape Collinson Correctional Institution in 2010 and 2011 respectively to help young inmates sit for the HKDSE Examination from 2012," he added.
Mr Tang encouraged inmates to grasp the opportunities available in correctional institutions, which are no different from those provided in other schools, and to work hard to attain good results.
He also called on the public to give inmates and rehabilitated offenders equal opportunities and accept and support their reintegration into society.
The Department provides half-day compulsory education programmes and half-day vocational training for young offenders under the age of 21. Guidance and assistance are in place for adult offenders who participate in studies on a voluntary basis.
Ends/Monday, July 15, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:08
A young inmate who participated in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination 2013 receives his examination results from the Superintendent of Cape Collinson Correctional Institution, Mr Desmond Hui, today (July 15).
A young inmate shares his satisfactory results with his father.