As Hong Kong marks the eighth anniversary of the handover today, the city sees brighter days ahead after battling a poor economy and Sars. This year, the city celebrates Reunion Day with a new leader - Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Mr Tsang will complete the remaining two years' term of former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa, who resigned in March due to health reasons. Students hope that Mr Tsang will fulfil their wish list that includes an increased education budget and greater emphasis on liberal arts and sports. They hope Mr Tsang will follow Mr Tung's lead in emphasising the importance of an educated workforce. 'I hope the new CE [chief executive] will make sure that there's enough money for education,' said Derek Ho Kam-fai of Queen's College. 'Money should not be wasted on useless projects.' Students feel there should be more emphasis on information technology (IT), internship programmes, extra-curricular activities and nurturing future sports stars. Angela Fung Shuk-chong, a Form Six student at St Mary's Canossian College, hopes Mr Tsang will set up more programmes to help students pursue a career. 'Perhaps through internship programmes and career guidance, students can understand and learn about the workplace,' she said. Venessa Yung of Good Hope School said more money should be allocated to the Education and Manpower Bureau. 'This way, they can organise more activities for students and further develop IT in schools,' she said. Esther Leung Ai-ting from Heep Yunn School wants the government to help students develop their English and Chinese skills. 'After all, all the other subjects are based on these two languages,' she said. 'How can we do well if we can't even speak the languages properly?' Sze Hang-yu, a swimmer from Diocesan Girls' School, said the government should support young athletes by providing more funding and encouraging students to excel in sports. Hong Kong's education system has been criticised for its emphasis on rote learning. Students said a more liberal curriculum with a focus on creativity should be introduced. Donald Sham, a Form Six student at La Salle College, complained that the administration is not doing enough to help students think independently. He called for more extra-curricular activities and exchange programmes to help students broaden their horizons and learn about the education systems of other countries.