The Government should increase the education budget by $3 billion, or 0.2 per cent of GDP, according to the Hong Kong Primary Education Research Association. By 2005, spending on education ought to account for five per cent of GDP, against the present 4.1 per cent, the association said. Current annual expenditure on education is about $55 billion. Areas of imminent need included the upgrading of kindergarten teachers' qualifications, speeding up the building of new primary schools to cater for whole-day schooling and the scrapping of floating classes in secondary schools. 'The ratio of teachers to students has to be raised,' association chairman Paul Lee Kit-kong said. 'It's just too much for teachers to handle 30 to 32 classes a week.' The association said the recent move by the Education and Manpower Bureau to grant an extra $550,000 to each primary school and $300,000 for each secondary school every year was not enough.