Government evening school students are dissatisfied with their lessons and facilities, a survey has revealed. The Hong Kong Association for Continuing Education conducted the survey. According to its findings, 60 per cent of respondents felt classes were too short and complained that the facilities and resources of evening school centres were insufficient. Information technology was the leading area of concern, with 90 per cent of students saying the Government should provide computer lessons at the evening schools. Also, 70 per cent of students said they would like mother-tongue teaching. Association secretary Mervyn Cheung Man-ping said the 12 government evening school centres were vital for the education of adults, working youngsters and recent mainland arrivals. Given this important role, the Government should pro vide more resources for these centres, he said. 'The Education Department should provide information technology education for the evening school centre students to cope with the explosion of information technology nowadays,' he said. 'The Government has ignored the development of the evening school centres. It doesn't give enough support and subsidies to these centres.' Mr Cheung also said it was unsatisfactory that evening school centres were not allowed to use the day school halls for student activities. Also, teachers and clerks did not have offices to carry out their administrative duties. With increasing pressure on the evening schools, the Education Department should allow them to use more of the day schools' facilities, he said. 'Many Form Five students are looking for places to study Form Six or repeat Form Five this year. Due to the higher unemployment rate and the economic turmoil, they don't want to enter the labour force. 'I urge the Education Department to provide an additional 1,000 Form Five places in the evening schools,' he said. Due to increasing arrivals from the mainland, demand for places was set to rise, he said. Assistant Director of Education Chong Kwok-kit said officials would monitor the number of applications for the 12 Government evening schools. 'We will consider adding around 1,000 places for Form Five and Form Six if necessary. However, it is difficult to find enough places for the increasing number of evening school students.'