Building new schools will be speeded up in an effort to provide whole-day education. A total of 72 new schools would be built by 2003 to promote whole-day schooling and create more teaching posts, Deputy Director of Education Kwan Ting-fai said. Five new schools were planned for 1998-99, 14 in 1999-2000, 21 in 2000-01, 19 in 2001-02 and 13 in 2002-03. Mr Kwan said the Education Department would also consider whether teachers at retirement age should be allowed to continue. However, about 100 teaching posts would be created every year if teachers aged 60 and above retired. 'We understand some trainee teachers will find it hard to get jobs. Our population has not increased greatly, so we will not have a surge in teaching posts. 'We will speed up new schools,' Mr Kwan said yesterday after opening a two-day familiarisation programme for 270 new teachers joining primary schools. His remarks came after a survey by the Hong Kong Institute of Education's students union found about one-third of this year's graduates had not found jobs. Dr Pang King-chee, the institute's deputy director, said it would review the demand for teachers before deciding whether to reduce its student intake. He said a government study predicted about 2,000 new teachers would be needed every year for the next 10 years. 'We produce about 1,100 graduates each year. With teachers returned from overseas and graduates from other tertiary institutes, the 2,000 posts will be filled. 'Last year, Tung Chee-hwa announced a plan for new teachers to be trained professionally. We will see how the Government draws up the timetable before we review the demand for professionally trained teachers.' Meanwhile, Assistant Director of Education Chong Kwok-kit said the department had no plans to increase evening school places on top of the extra 1,000 promised last week for Form Five repeaters. Mr Chong said repeating Form Five was not the only solution and students could try other options such as Vocational Training Council programmes.