New computer software will soon help teachers to deal with discipline in the classroom. The bilingual CD-ROM, designed by the Education Department, will explain the disciplinary role of teachers, analyse cases, and give advice to teachers on dealing with unruly students. Costing more than $300,000 to produce, the CD-ROM will be released in September. Brian Lee Shiu-fung, Senior Student Discipline Officer of the Education Department, said the software featured five typical cases teachers often meet in class, along with solutions and analysis. It also presented some basic principles of student management for teachers, like fairness, firmness, support and counselling, a friendly attitude and non-punitive approach. Mr Lee said the department's Student Discipline Section provided support for teachers, such as workshops, outward-bound training, seminars and counselling services to help them deal with problem students. 'The CD-ROM is useful, especially for new recruits who lack experience in dealing with problem students,' Mr Lee said. 'We're now dealing with some technical problems and adding more information to enrich its content.' Every school would get a copy. Chief Student Discipline Officer Ruth Lau Wing-mun said issues such as dyed hair, swearing, and disrupting classes were common problems. Mrs Lau said the CD-ROM would provide guidelines for teachers so they could use the same set of rules and strategies for reference. About 400 teachers attended a seminar on student discipline at City University recently. Speakers included Mak Oi-ying, chairman of the Hong Kong Association for Student Discipline, counsellor Leung Wai-nang, and Professor Yuen Man-tak of the University of Hong Kong.