Graduates of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) quickly snap up jobs in the primary and pre-school sectors, the institute's 2005 graduate employment survey shows. The survey used a sample of 837 graduates - 94.7 per cent of last year's full-time (primary sector) students. Despite a series of school closures brought on by a declining population of school-age children, the survey found that a remarkable 98.6 per cent of graduates found jobs in the primary education sector. 'The high employment rate has helped dispel the misperception that prospective teachers are facing unemployment in the face of shrinking classes and school closures,' said Cheng Yin-cheong, director of HKIEd's Centre for Institutional Research and Development. 'Apart from language teaching, which is commonly perceived as being in high demand, our graduates in all other sectors are also highly competitive in the market.' According to the survey, the average monthly salary of the 2005 graduates is $14,023 - a 13per cent increase over 2004. Professor Cheng added that the survey results revealed the HKIEd graduates were most preferred by principals of primary and early childhood education sectors when compared with graduates from other teacher institutions. 'The popularity of our graduates attests to the effectiveness of our programmes in equipping them with all-round attributes to cope with the demands emerging from changing societal needs and education reforms,' he said.