Educators have generally welcomed new pledges of support for the education of gifted children set out in the Chief Executive's policy address. However, some have raised concerns that the resources could be used more effectively in other areas, and said there was confusion about the proposal's details. Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said the government planned to establish a Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, which would target academic achievers aged 10 to 18. It could also become a 'platform for international exchanges as well as research and development'. A spokesman for the Education and Manpower Bureau said the academy would have an initial budget of HK$200 million, half of which was from a donation by private investor Sir Joseph Hotung. But he added it would not be a school in the traditional sense of the word, but would provide support for gifted education programmes the bureau was already running. 'The academy will not be a building, it will be a system,' he said. Education legislator Cheung Man-kwong said this had created some confusion over what the academy's eventual role would be. 'The Chief Executive clearly said it would be a school, but now the EMB says it is a system,' he said. 'I can't work out how this school would actually function.' William Yip Kam-yuen, chairman of Hong Kong Association of Heads of Secondary Schools, said it was a good idea for gifted students to educated together. 'Gifted students don't get as much attention as they should so it is good they are being allocated these resources.' Michael Chan Ka-wai, principal of GT Ellen Yeung College in Tseung Kwan O, also welcomed the idea. 'Gifted education is something we want to promote,' he said. 'If this can raise parents' awareness of gifted education, it is a good thing.' Legislator Audrey Eu Yuet-mee, a member of Legco's education panel, said the academy was a positive move, but questioned whether there might be too much focus on providing for top students at the expense of those lower down the scale. 'We need more resources to be spent on the average student.' Iris Keung Wai-lin, chairwoman of the Association for Special Learning Disabilities, said she was disappointed Mr Tsang had not mentioned special needs students. 'The proportion of gifted students is smaller than pupils with special needs. This is unfair.'