Young inmates at Lai King Correctional Institution (LKCI) of the Correctional Services Department (CSD) were today (October 8) presented with academic and vocational training certificates at a ceremony in recognition of their efforts and achievements.
A total of 48 candidates from the institution sat for various academic and vocational examinations in the past 12 months. Among the 57 certificates obtained, 35 were merit certificates.
Fourteen inmates were presented with 29 certificates today. They obtained 21 distinctions and credits as well as eight passes in the public examinations organised by the City and Guilds International Limited and the Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong.
Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yan Oi Tong, Mrs Chan Cheng Yuk-yee, said she believes that the department's vision to guide inmates to get back on the right track and support them to reintegrate into society as law-abiding citizens is congruent with Yan Oi Tong's mission to "care for the needy, educate the youth, help the weak and support the community". She said she hopes that both Yan Oi Tong and the CSD can strive to work in collaboration to support rehabilitation.
Also attending the ceremony were parents of the inmates, representatives of community organisations, community leaders and the Assistant Commissioner of Correctional Services (Rehabilitation), Mr Tang Ping-ming.
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.
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/Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 12:38
The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Yan Oi Tong, Mrs Chan Cheng Yuk-yee, presents an academic certificate to an inmate representative at the presentation ceremony held in Lai King Correctional Institution of the Correctional Services Department today (October 8).