Over 90 per cent of school principals have rated the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) graduates better than or on a par with those from other institutions. The findings of the annual survey on the performance of its graduate teachers were released at a press conference last week. Of the 450 principals who responded to the survey, which was conducted during the summer this year, 93 per cent believed that graduate teachers from the HKIEd were better than or as good as teaching gradates from other institutions. And of the 421 principals who had also hired graduate teachers from other institutions, 11.2 per cent found HKIEd graduates 'much better', 33 per cent found them 'slightly better' than their peers, and 48.7 found them 'no different'. HKIEd graduates from 12 programmes in the Bachelor of Education (BEd) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2005, including the BEd cohorts in Languages and Secondary Education, were evaluated. In the past five years, the annual survey has shown that HKIEd graduates have been consistently rated highly by school principals in regards to meeting job requirements. Professor Cheng Yin-cheong, director of the HKIEd's Centre for Institutional Research and Development, which carried out the survey, said the institute uses the findings to enhance the quality of its programmes. 'Looking at graduates from the last three years, when we compare their performance after one year of teaching, the ratings get better each year. 'Improvements were particularly obvious in areas we'd improved after completing the survey,' he said.