Teachers have become administrators, public relations officers and clerks as they must compete with other schools for students and meet the demands of reforms. Mr Chow, who teaches at a secondary school in Tuen Mun, said 30 per cent of his hours were devoted to administration and paperwork on education reforms, and endless meetings took up another 30 per cent of his time. The teacher, who does not want to disclose his full name, said: 'I only have about 20 per cent of my time for teaching and marking, as I have to hold many activities for my students ... I also have to hold many activities for parents and primary schools in the district, as we have to promote our school and compete with other schools for students.' He said the mentality of running education had changed and it was all now market-oriented. 'We have to apply for funds ... as the more resources we have, the better our image will be in the eyes of parents. We have to win parents' hearts in order to survive.' Mr Chow, who has 13 years of experience, wakes up at 6.30am and goes to bed as late as 1am every day. He said weekends were also working days, as he had to prepare reports and proposals for activities. 'We have to prepare power-points for lessons and sharing sessions at morning assembly. We also have to entertain people in the community by hosting activities and preparing pamphlets to sell our school to them,' he said. Speaking on a radio phone-in programme yesterday, primary school teacher Miss Wong said many of her colleagues in their 20s were losing their hair. 'They all just look like the walking dead. Most have to work from 8am to 8pm, though we work for the afternoon streaming. I thought of committing suicide too, but thank god I have family support,' she said. Another primary teacher was on the brink of tears when she told of her heavy workload on another radio show. The physical education teacher said she hardly had spare time to exercise herself and once had to go to school after work for four days every week. 'I think my work is really killing me,' she said.