Proposals to reform the education system have received a mixed response from students, a survey has found. The survey, conducted by the Caritas Children and Youth Centre, interviewed 1,685 Form Three to Five students. According to proposals by the Education Commission, students would study a broader syllabus and take fewer exams. The aim is to develop multiple intelligences and reduce pressure from exams. About 57 per cent of respondents supported the commission's plans to introduce a wider curriculum, which would involve a combination of science and arts subjects. This would provide students with more freedom to choose their own areas of study. However, 42 per cent of students preferred the present system. They were worried a wider curriculum would mean a heavier workload. Opinion was divided over whether there should be single or multiple public exams. Fifty-six per cent were in fa vour of a single exam, believing it would mean less pressure and improve their chances of entering university. Forty-three per cent were in favour of multiple exams, believing there would be more opportunities to improve on their results. Students overwhelmingly opposed the scrapping of vocational training schools. The Caritas Children and Youth centre's officer-in-charge, Yung Shiu-yin, said there should be no streaming of students into science or humanities. 'An ideal curriculum should cultivate students' multiple intelligences,' Ms Yung said. 'It doesn't matter how many exams students take. What's more important is whether the mechanism behind the exams is fair in assessing students' ability,' she said.