AGROUP of arts enthusiasts have appealed for more concern over the future of arts education in the territory. In a proposal submitted to the Complaints Unit of Legco, the School Visual Arts Education Concern Group brought attention to what it saw as a common over-emphasis on academic subjects while the arts went neglected. The group hoped to urge the Government to review the existing arts curriculum in both primary and secondary schools and to provide more resources for the future Hong Kong Institute of Education. Mr Yu Shu-tak, convenor of the concern group, said academic subjects were over-emphasised in most schools while arts education was ignored, sacrificing a balanced education. ''Most senior secondary schools are reluctant to offer Art and Design to students as a formal curriculum,'' said Mr Yu. Art and Design has been one of the common core subjects in the curriculum of junior secondary schools and is required to be taught by qualified and trained teachers. However, information from the Art Inspectorate of the Education Department indicated that at least 5,000 Art and Crafts teachers in primary schools were untrained in the subject. The convenor suggested the Education Department assume a positive role and take responsibility for encouraging a balanced education. It was suggested that the department circulate guidelines to schools to encourage a provision of 15 per cent arts subjects like Art and Design, Music, and Literature in the curriculum. The department was also suggested to adjust the teaching staff ratio between graduate masters and certificate masters from the existing 7:3 to 8:2 to encourage schools to employ graduate teachers rather than certified teachers to teach cultural subjects. The group also suggested the department persuade primary schools to employ more professional teachers or in-service trained teachers to teach Art and Crafts. The ultimate target was to train all existing untrained Art and Crafts teachers through a compulsory scheme. Other than that, the department is urged to develop computer graphics in the existing Art and Design syllabus at senior secondary levels to keep pace with our technological society. The concern group is also looking forward to more resources for the future Hong Kong Institute of Education to develop both in-service and pre-service Art and Design teachers' training. ''There is a need to develop both applied arts and fine arts to promote arts education and a need to enhance people's arts literacy by establishing visual arts academy,'' said Mr Yu. He believed the proposed academy should eventually offer degree courses as it was part of the natural evolution of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.