Teacher training must keep pace with the use of hi-tech mathematics software, according to an industry expert. Software specialist Arthur Lee Man-sang said Dynamic Geometry programs like the Cabri/Sketchpad were expected to feature widely in school curriculums by 2001. 'Dynamic Geometry computer software is specially designed for teaching purposes,' he explained. 'It has been widely used overseas but it is quite new in the territory.' Mr Lee, convenor of a seminar on teaching software held at the Hong Kong Teachers' Centre, said getting the software for technological advancement was no problem but some teachers had a poor attitude towards computers. In his Policy Address, Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said the Government was committed to greater use of technology in education, adding that 30,000 teachers would be get specialist training. 'More resources are required to create a good environment to develop new technology in education,' Mr Lee said. 'Teachers, especially the experienced teachers, should be aware that the introduction of new technology is not only a tool for teaching, but also an initiative to cope with changing teaching and learning modes in society. 'I hope the Government can put more effort into promoting technology in education and providing more in-service training to teachers who face difficulties in adapting to the new approach.' At present, software was used only for extra-curricular activities at many schools, Mr Lee said. One example was problem-solving activities carried out by maths' club members. It would be widely used as a teaching aid within a few years, he said. Former secondary teacher Percy Kwok Lai-yin said computer software could have a considerable impact in education. But despite government plans, the implementation of the hi-tech teaching of mathematics could be a long way off. 'It's not just how much the Government spends,' Mr Kwok said. 'It also depends on how effectively teachers use software for mathematics teaching and the training they have in multi-media.'