THERE is no need to respect Chinese traditions, according to 10 per cent of primary school pupils in a new poll. And only 58 per cent of the youngsters were concerned about Hong Kong's international reputation. The survey - commissioned by the Curriculum Development Council - asked 2,685 primary students about their civic attitudes. After studying the results, the council called for a reinforcement of the appreciation of Chinese values and culture. The survey findings, published last month for council members, also recommended enhancing pupils' sense of belonging to Hong Kong. Less than 40 per cent correctly identified the Director of Education, or could say who pays for keeping Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong. About a fifth of the students said the teachers' representative in the Legislative Council, Cheung Man-kwong, was the Director of Education. The report found that the students' civic knowledge was generally confined to what was taught in the classroom, but concluded the overall results were satisfactory. It suggested schools conduct more discussions on civic issues. The importance of enhancing understanding of China is also highlighted in new civic education guidelines to be released today for six weeks of consultation. 'One should aim to enhance understanding of Chinese culture and Chinese history . . . essential for developing national identity and patriotic spirit,' the 120-page guidelines say. They cover topics from family life to human rights, affecting pupils from kindergarten to secondary levels in the next school year.