New Vocational Training Council chairman Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen pledged yesterday to revamp courses to match the '3+3+4' education reform that will be introduced in 2009. Mr Leung said 'big changes' in course arrangements and their duration would be expected after the new academic structure was adopted. 'Apart from the pupils who join us after completing Form Three, Form Five and Seven students are the majority now. But after 2009 there will mainly be Form Six students who have finished their high school education,' the legislator said. 'We expect them to be more academically qualified and we hope the number of years required to complete a course will be made shorter so they don't have to study one year extra.' Mr Leung represents the industrial sector and donned his new cap after Yeung Kai-yin stepped down. Mr Yeung, who had held the post for eight years, is understood to have been unable to continue because of ill health after a kidney transplant last year. Under the government's '3+3+4' education reforms, all students will be expected to get a school-leaving diploma after completing Form Six. Undergraduate study will start a year earlier and A-levels exams will be phased out. Mr Leung, who has been a member of the council since 1982, said taking up the post would put more pressure on him but he had the support of his family. He said the recent scandal over a council lecturer who did homework for the students in the hope of seeing fewer fail was an isolated case. Mr Leung said he would try his best to strike a balance between scrutinising the conduct of teaching staff and giving them breathing space. 'I don't agree with a high-handed approach to the teaching staff,' he said. 'The case concerning that particular lecturer was an isolated one and we will strengthen our management to prevent such things from happening again.' A lecturer in the business administration school of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Morrison Hill), Tam Wing-kwong, was accused of doing homework for his students last November. He was later fired.