The Director of Education yesterday met a group of government advisers, eight of whose colleagues had quit saying they had been 'disrespected'. Helen Yu Lai Ching-ping will meet nine more members today in a last-ditch effort to save the Council on Professional Conduct in Education. Eight members, including chairman Professor Cheng Kai-ming, Hong Kong University's pro-vice-chancellor, resigned in protest at 'long being overlooked and disrespected'. Others have threatened to follow unless Mrs Yu improves communication with the council. Mrs Yu said yesterday she was willing to listen to the council. The five members she met have not resigned. Another, teacher Susanna Au Min-wah, said she would decide whether to quit after meeting Mrs Yu this evening. 'I originally planned to quit because I believe the work of the council is useless and meaningless, but then I got an invitation from Mrs Yu so I'm holding my resignation,' she said. But most members who have resigned have refused to meet Mrs Yu. 'She always says she respects teachers. She always says she supports the council. But what things has she done? Why bother to see her?' said Ho Hon-kuen, who quit the 28-member council on Sunday.