Half-day education classes are provided for young persons in custody. These aim at helping the youngsters re-integrate into society on their discharge by enhancing their basic academic standards and restoring their self-esteem and confidence through our programmes. Every effort is made to assist adult persons in custody in pursuing voluntary self-studies in their spare time. We believe that, through education, positive attitude and values of persons in custody can be nurtured.
Education classes conducted by qualified teachers are run in young offender institutions. In response to the social needs, accredited public examinations set clear targets for persons in custody. We encourage persons in custody to study for external examinations such as the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, General Aptitude Putonghua Shuiping Kaoshi (GAPSK) and Cambridge English Examinations.
We encourage adult persons in custody to participate in self-studying courses or distance learning programmes to make the optimal use of the resources and expertise from external accredited educational organisations. Increasing numbers of persons in custody have been enrolled in tertiary education in recent years. CSD and the Hong Kong Metropolitan University (HKMU) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further strengthen co-operation and affirm the long-term partnership between CSD and HKMU in education, so as to provide more comprehensive support for persons in custody who wish to continue their studies.
To assist persons in custody who aspire to pursue further studies but have difficulties in paying for public examination fees and tuition fees for distance learning courses, CSD has set up a number of education fund and subsidy schemes for persons in custody to apply for financial assistance.