Young inmates from correctional institutions who sat for this year's Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) have obtained good results. A total of 72 young offenders took 255 papers of the examination and achieved two distinctions, 19 credits and 103 passes. The pass rate is 48.63 per cent. The young inmates are from the Pik Uk Correctional Institution, Lai King Training Centre, Cape Collinson Correctional Institution and the Tai Tam Gap Correctional Institution. They sat for various subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Commerce, Computer Studies, Principles of Accounts and Technical Drawing. A spokesman for the Correctional Services Department said the department would continuously strive to provide every opportunity for young inmates to learn and equip themselves with knowledge in preparation for their eventual release back into society. 'With academic qualifications, they stand a better chance of competing for better jobs after their release,' the spokesman said. Meanwhile, adult inmates obtained one distinction, 12 credits and 77 passes in the examination, with a pass rate of 54.55 per cent. The overall pass rate for candidates at correctional institutions stands at 51 per cent this year as compared with 40 per cent last year.