Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung will meet student leaders again today following a request from students for him to clarify agreements reached between them on Sunday. The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) made the request at a forum on university funding cuts at Polytechnic University yesterday, which was attended by more than 500 students, legislators and educators. The students were angry with the stance Professor Li took on Monday at a Legco meeting, during which he maintained the funding cuts for sub-degree programmes would be carried out over the next four years. The students said that during their five-hour meeting on Sunday, Professor Li had agreed to look into spreading out the funding cuts to sub-degree programmes over a longer period. Saying they had been impressed by his sincerity, the students called off a widespread boycott of classes planned for this week. 'We were disappointed to hear that he would not extend the timetable for cutting subsidies for those programmes, contrary to what he told us last Sunday,' said Cheng Cheuk-him, HKFS spokesman and external vice-president of City University Student Union. 'Professor Li had better prove that he was not just paying lip-service to what was agreed at our last meeting, or he would discredit himself in the eyes of students.' But Professor Li said yesterday students could have misinterpreted what he had said at the meeting. At yesterday's forum, academics and legislators hit out at the government's lack of commitment to bettering educational quality. 'The government always stresses it wants to improve education, but what it has done is slash the education budget,'' said legislator Lee Cheuk-yan.