Young inmates at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution (CCCI) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were presented with academic and vocational training certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their consistent study efforts and achievements today (September 25).
A total of 116 candidates from the institution sat for various academic and vocational examinations organised by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, the City and Guilds International Limited, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) International Qualifications, the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music, the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong, the Vocational Training Council and the Construction Industry Council Training Academy in the past 12 months. Among the 348 certificates obtained, 82 were merit certificates.
A total of 35 inmates were presented with 125 certificates today. They obtained 20 distinctions and credits, as well as 105 passes in various examinations.
In the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination this year, seven inmates obtained level 2 or above in 42 papers, representing a pass rate of 88 per cent. Two of them chose to study high diploma courses after leaving the institution, while another one successfully enrolled in undergraduate study through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System.
The inmates obtained good results in the subjects of 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, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pok Oi Hospital, Mr Tsang Yiu-cheung said, "The CCCI provides education and vocational training in the institution for young inmates who went astray and fosters their moral development, so that they have a chance to reflect and determine to turn over a new leaf. The ultimate goal is to help inmates reintegrate into society and become good and law abiding citizens after release."
He said the achievements of the inmates this year not only reflected their own consistent efforts and the hard work of CSD teaching staff, but also testified to the remarkable results of comprehensive rehabilitation provided by the department.
Mr Tsang called for more care and inclusiveness towards rehabilitated persons, who would need assistance to continue their studies, find employment for re-integration into the community and face the future positively.
With the implementation of the New Senior Secondary academic structure, the CCCI continued to run the HKDSE Class last year for young inmates sitting for the Examination in 2013 in a bid to help them continue their studies in line with mainstream education.
Also attending the ceremony were parents of the inmates, representatives of community organisations and community leaders, and the Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Services (Rehabilitation), Mr Tang Ping-ming.
The 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 25, 2013
Issued at HKT 14:11
A total of 35 inmates at Cape Collinson Correctional Institution received public examination certificates today (September 25). Photo shows the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pok Oi Hospital, Mr Tsang Yiu-cheung (left), presenting academic and vocational training certificates to an inmate representative at a ceremony in recognition of their consistent study efforts and achievements.