Methods at some of Hong Kong's most prestigious schools are focused on teachers instead of students, while some pupils at English-language secondary schools struggle to learn, an inspection report has found. The Education Department's annual Quality Assurance Inspection Report showed that performance remained relatively weak in the domain of 'learning and teaching'. The inspectors noted of the lessons observed in St Joseph's College, Central: 'There was a general lack of opportunities for students to interact with one another.' Commenting on Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College in Ho Man Tin, the report said: 'Most teachers adopt a teacher-led teaching method and seldom ask questions during lessons. There is not enough interaction among teachers and students. Some students, particularly those in junior forms, could not learn and communicate in English effectively.' St Joseph's and Chan Sui Ki are among the 114 secondary schools allowed to continue to teach in English after the mother-tongue policy was implemented in 1998. Dr Cheung Kwok-wah, associate dean of the faculty of education at the University of Hong Kong, said some traditional elite schools were used to teacher-centred teaching: 'That's the area which should be addressed by the on-going education reform.' The 70 schools inspected, including 17 secondary schools, 30 primary schools, three special schools and 20 kindergartens, were assessed in areas of learning and teaching, school management and attainment. The report found that the advisory committee of San Wui Commercial Society Chan Pak Sha School in Aberdeen had not played its role effectively. 'Most decisions were made by the principal after the school's administration meetings and he did not explain the rationale behind the decisions,' it said. The report also criticised some exam questions, saying they were not appropriate in their coverage of the topic or level of difficulty. What the inspectors found 'Some students, particularly those in junior forms, could not learn and communicate in English effectively.' The Quality Assurance Inspection report's comments on Chan Sui Ki (La Salle) College in Ho Man Tin. 'Most decisions were made by the principal after the school's administration meetings and he did not explain the rationale behind the decisions.' The report's comments on San Wui Commercial Society Chan Pak Sha School in Aberdeen. 'Most of the subjects' curriculum, teaching materials and teaching strategies have not been revised to cater for individual students' learning differences.' The report's comments on True Light Girls' College in Yau Ma Tei.