STUDENTS attending teacher training institutions in the territory have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of proper facilities at their colleges. Sylvia Fung Chi-hung, internal vice-president of the Hongkong Technical Teachers' College of Education's students union, complained that life in the college was ''too bad to imagine''. ''No canteen, no fax machine and only one photo-copying machine. What we have is a mini-library which is just as big as a secondary school classroom and with fewer than 15 seats. ''Both the quantity and quality of the books are not up to standard, especially those essential books on educational theories. We have to share the books with classmates,'' she said. Ken Lai Yiu-keung, president of the students union, went further and said life in the teaching college was much worse than in secondary school. ''Many metal or woodwork machines are even older than those I used in secondary school. We are here learning how to use these old models. ''I wonder if we are capable of teaching since we don't know much about modern technology,'' said Ken, a second year student taking Design and Technology and Technical Drawing. The four teaching colleges been criticising the Government for discriminating against them by putting more resources into universities and other tertiary institutions thus neglecting their needs. The Hongkong Technical Teachers' College of Education was among the worst as the nearly 200 full-time students had to dash between three venues to attend lessons because their main building cannot accommodate all of them. Their campus include a three-storey building in Queen's Road East, a flat at the Morrison Hill Technical Institute, and a room in the Education Department's Special Education Division. Although all three places are in Wan Chai, the students still find it time-consuming and tiring to run around to attend lessons as well as to use facilities like the ''mini-library'' which is in the main building. The students said they had been asking for an upgrade in facilities at the beginning of each school year but it had been repeatedly rejected because of limited resources. Mr Simon Ip Sik-on, Legislative Councillor and chairman of the newly established Provisional Governing Council of the Institute of Education, was shocked to find the poor facilities after visiting the four colleges early this month. He said he would raise the problem in the committee and suggest libraries and classrooms be expanded. However, the students want the Government, apart from improving campus facilities, to re-design the curriculum and start degree courses as soon as possible in order to upgrade teaching standards. ''The root of the problem is that our courses and students are not recognised by society. People think only students who fail to obtain places in tertiary institutions apply to teaching colleges. ''Without proper recognition, we are like second class citizens and will continue to use poor facilities,'' Ken said.