Hong Kong schools desperately need more psychologists to help students deal with emotional problems, according to an academic. There are only about 80 educational psychologists to support more than 1,200 primary and secondary schools. Tuesday's suicide of a 15-year-old girl in Tin Shui Wai highlighted the need for more, said Lam Sui-fong, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong's department of psychology. Many educational psychologists had such heavy workloads they could only focus on schools which had seen suicides. 'Some of the local practitioners may need to support as many as 30 or 40 schools, so they have time only for remedial, rather than preventive, work,' she said. There was also a lack of resources for training educational psychologists, said Dr Lam. Her department, which is the only body that trains such practitioners in Hong Kong, teaches about 15 psychologists every two years. Concern over the emotional well-being of students has heightened since Yip Ting-sin, a Form Three student at Tin Shui Wai Government Secondary School, jumped to her death on Tuesday. She was the fourth student from her school to commit suicide in the past two years. Meanwhile, there has been a mixed response from educators to controversial comments made on Wednesday by Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun. Mrs Law said students who resorted to suicide to solve problems were 'irresponsible, selfish and cowardly'. Paul Yip Siu-fai, director of the University of Hong Kong's centre for suicide research and prevention, said it was inappropriate and insensitive of Mrs Law to lay the blame on the students. But Lam Seung-wan, who sits on the committee of the Hong Kong Primary School Heads' Association, agreed with Mrs Law. 'I think she was trying to stop teenagers from romanticising suicide or treating it as an heroic act,' he said.