Hong Kong Institute of Education council chairman Thomas Leung Kwok-fai has revealed that he may ask institute president Paul Morris to stay on for another year despite the decision last week not to reappoint him. The embattled chairman has faced calls for his resignation over the dismissal of the popular Mr Morris, but said yesterday on a radio programme he would stay in his job if it benefited the Tai Po college. Dr Leung's term as chairman is set to end in April. He said the matter of him staying had yet to be discussed with government officials. Both students and staff at the institute have called for Dr Leung's resignation after the council voted against reappointing Mr Morris when his term ends in September. Dr Leung said he would not rule out extending Mr Morris' contract for another year to avoid a leadership vacuum at the college, brought on by a number of senior departures, including the impending retirement of vice-president Bernard Luk Hung-kay in April. 'Extending [Mr Morris'] contract is something that we can consider, but we need to look at the other options,' he said, adding that the school could also promote internally or seek candidates from outside. 'We will meet again in February. If this topic comes up, I am sure the ruling council will debate it and reach a decision.'