A leading educationist says the territory's education system produces students with poor language standards and he has called for 'revolutionary changes' to the current system. Henry Woo Kwok-han, director at the Institute of High Intelligence Education (HIE), said existing teaching methods brought many secondary students failure and feelings of lost opportunities. Mr Woo says his HIE Consultancy Programme can upgrade a student's academic ability within a few years. The programme, which costs $120,000 a year, guarantees students successful entry into one of the top 18 universities in the United States or one of the top 12 in Britain. Students failing to gain admission will be refunded full programme fees. Mr Woo said teaching methods should be designed with specific reference to the features of different subjects. 'Under the curriculum, students will be equipped with learning management, critical thinking, analytical ability and examination techniques,' he said. This new curriculum stressed a balance between analytical ability and grammatical knowledge, Mr Woo said. The HIE programme, offered at the private institution's Admiralty premises, utilised frequent assessment to make sure students were absorbing new knowledge and to correct misleading concepts. 'Besides delivering knowledge, an atmosphere for developing students' learning motivation is important,' Mr Woo said. 'Lessons are held in the form of tutorials in which students are encouraged to discuss with each other their learning experience.' But this innovative teaching approach has been criticised by some parents. Fanny Tam Wai-yuk, a mother of two, said: 'The programme is too expensive as it requires students to take it at Form Four. I would have to spend a few hundred thousand dollars.' She was unsure the programme could live up to all its promises: 'Although the director is very experienced in teaching, can he . . . guarantee all students successful degree entry?' Chan Pui-wan, a father of three, said: 'As there will be only one class for students with various levels, the tutor may not be able to take care of all of them at one time.'