Most potential school leavers want to continue their education not because they like to learn but because they fear being jobless, according to a survey. Social workers from the SKH Diocesan Welfare Council, which conducted the survey to be released today, said graduates were under great pressure because of the economic downturn. The council's survey comes as about 130,000 Form Five students await their Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination results, due tomorrow. Shirley Tsang Suk-yi, the council's project co-ordinator, said more than 380 candidates and 105 parents had been interviewed. About 90 per cent of the students said they wanted to continue their studies. Of those, 31 per cent considered school a shelter because 'they feared they would be unable to get jobs amid high unemployment', Ms Tsang said. About 35 per cent said they wanted higher qualifications to increase their chance of finding a job. Only 29 per cent had a real interest in learning. Ms Tsang said: 'Many students plan further studies even though they know they have no interest in books.' The TWGH's Tai Tung Pui Children and Youth Centre will run 15 free minibuses to take candidates to schools for application and registration. Other organisations running a hotline for candidates are: SKH Diocesan Welfare Council 2325 9191; Hok Yau Club 2503 3399; Samaritan Befrienders 2389 2222; Federation of Youth Groups, 2402 9230; Children and Youth Services, 2591 9221; and Sha Tin Social Service Centre, 2711 1110.