School heads are calling on the government to extend funding to continue to relieve teachers' stress in light of a workload survey suggesting they are still working too hard. Alex Cheung Chi-hung, chairman of the Aided Primary School Heads' Association, said the government should make the Capacity Enhancement Grant available for schools in need to hire extra staff to reduce teachers' workloads and stress. Each school has received about HK$1 million a year for three years. The grant is set to run out by the end of August. His comments follow a survey released last week by the Hong Kong Federation of Education Workers. The federation polled 913 teachers and found that 22 per cent were working 71 hours a week or more, compared with 26 per cent in 2005. Only 3.5 per cent of teachers polled were working 44 hours or less, compared with 6.5 per cent found in 2005. 'I think the survey results are very close to the reality,' Mr Cheung said. He said it was quite common to see teachers working at least 10 hours a day. They often needed to juggle parent meetings, administration work, teaching, study for further qualifications and face the pressure of securing student admission. 'Although the policies are not as harsh and demanding as they used to be, there is still no immediate improvement on the pressure faced by teachers. 'I'm really worried that the grant will run out. Schools would have no extra resources to acquire additional assistance to support teachers and the old problems will come back and haunt our teachers,' Mr Cheung said.