An Education Department spokesman said there was never the intention to treat teacher librarians as 'second rate' teachers. The spokesman said the key message Deputy Director of Education Anthony Tong Kai- hong tried to bring out at a media session after a public forum was that the department was committed to working together with schools and teachers to help those teaching languages, among other subjects, to be deployed to other equally important teaching posts in the rare event that they fail to meet the benchmark requirements. 'The mention of teacher librarians is just one of the many possibilities . . . there is no question of seeing the library as a 'dumping ground'. In fact, we attach great importance to the role of teacher librarians who are one of the key driving forces in promoting good reading habits and life-long learning among young people,' he said.