There is hardly a student who has not asked himself, at some time or other, whether he ever wanted to be a teacher when he grew up. A recent survey indicated that more than 70 per cent of Hong Kong students would rather not choose teaching as a profession. The poll - 'Students' Views on Teachers' - was conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Young Post asked students what they think. Heung Mei-shan, a Form Seven student, said that as a primary school student she thought of being a teacher, but changed her mind because she felt that teaching was no longer a desirable occupation. 'Students today are not just naughty, they are violent,' the 17-year-girl said. 'I wouldn't want to work in such an atmosphere, and worry all day if I'll be attacked after school.' Her schoolmate, Cheng Yiu-wai, said that students' attitudes towards the teaching profession had swung from 'envying it to avoiding it'. 'In the past, teaching used to be a high status profession,' Yiu-wai said. 'But there's very little respect shown to teachers these days. It's not unusual for a student to stand up in class and shout at the teacher.' Yiu-wai said the 'heavy workload and psychological burden' teachers had to bear was another reason she did not want to be a teacher. Yu Chun-kit, also a Form Seven student, felt the job was 'boring' as teachers had to teach the same material over and over again. People no longer viewed teaching as a high ranking profession, Chun-kit said. 'It's a job that's suitable for someone who wants a very quiet, stable life.' Three-fourths of the 512 respondents in the survey believed the social status of teachers was dropping, while 58 per cent felt that students had scant respect for their teachers. In the case of unpopular teachers, the students had different ways of showing their disapproval. Chun-kit said he would deliberately daydream in class, while May-shan and Yiu-wai would pretend to be attentive but discuss the teacher's shortcomings with other students after class. 'We'd rather join a private tutorial class than listen to such a teacher,' they said. Cheng Yiu-yan said the idea of becoming a teacher had never crossed her mind until she was approached for the survey. 'As a teacher you are sure of a steady income in these days of mass unemployment. You also get more holidays, unlike other professions,' Yiu-yan said.