Education groups were divided yesterday over a proposal to give parents and teachers more say in running schools. Representatives from school sponsoring bodies, teachers and parent groups supported the aim of the proposal before a special Legislative Council education panel meeting. But school-sponsoring bodies expressed reservations about the detail, saying the proposal might give rise to power struggles within a school's management. 'When the culture has not been established, I fear all issues in school management committees will be politicised and the committees will become venues for disputes,' Caritas Vocational Training and Education Services co-ordinator Peter Lee Shung-tak said. The Advisory Committee on School-Based Management released a consultation paper in February that suggested parents and teachers should be given a bigger say in school operations by allowing them to sit on school boards. But school sponsoring bodies would still able to control the management by appointing up to 60 per cent of board members. Director of Education Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said a bill on the proposal would be ready by July next year. Implementation was expected to begin September.