Hundreds of parents placed a joint declaration in a newspaper yesterday, calling for an urgent overhaul of the school curriculum and exam system. The full-page advertisement in Ming Pao signed by more than 450 parents - including businessmen, educationists and legislators - calls for authorities to have the 'courage and determination to reform'. 'We have a dream: That the education authorities will be brave and determined to reform the exam system, simplify the curriculum and improve teaching quality,' the advertisement read. 'We hope our children can learn happily in school [and] what they bring back from school every day will not be tears, heavy homework or tests.' Businessman Andrew Fung Ho-keung, one of the organisers of the campaign, said parental response had been unexpectedly good. 'Some . . . argued with their spouse about their children's schooling problems,' he said. 'We parents are in a dilemma. We don't want to force our children to study, but we need to under the existing system.' The parents said teachers taught students how to handle public examinations, while schools only cared about banding and exam results.