TEACHERS are hindered by a heavy workload and trivial administrative requirements, a survey of 270 teachers has found. The Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers survey showed 60 per cent of teachers had to work more than 10 hours a day. They had to spend more than 30 per cent of their time dealing with tedious administrative matters that had little to do with teaching. Nearly 80 per cent of teachers said their workload was too heavy, leaving them with little time to prepare for the class or co-ordinate with parents. 'There are too many meetings and too much paperwork. You can't expect teachers to be creative and effective if they have to go through all these trivialities every day,' said Ip Cho-yin, a member of the federation's standing committee. Mr Ip said the Government should consider hiring assistants to help teachers deal with administrative paperwork. 'The French Government did this and it proved to be a huge success. 'It can free teachers from trivial administrative matters and allow them to focus on improving their teaching quality.' Pointless homework projects were also an unnecessary burden for the teachers, said Wu Siu-wai, the convenor of the Education Policy Division. 'Most of the homework is meaningless. It is torturous for everyone. Both teachers and students hate it.' Mr Wu said traditional thinking tended to regard homework as the only way for the students to gain knowledge and that parents would be upset if the teacher did not assign enough homework.