Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen will begin preparing for his next policy address today by talking to parents and students at a secondary school. A government source said the visit to YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College in Ho Man Tin would be the chief executive's first summer initiative to take the public pulse before drafting his policy address for delivery in early October. 'The chief executive will pay a number of similar visits and engage the public in the next few months,' the source said. Mr Tsang pledged during the Legislative Council's question-and-answer session last month that he would pay particular attention to problems faced by the grass roots while planning his policy address. He promised to formulate policies to alleviate burdens created by spiralling inflation. Inflation hit 5.7 per cent last month, the highest since October 1997, when it was also 5.7 per cent. During his visit to the school, Mr Tsang will exchange views with parents and students on educational and other issues. 'The chief executive would like to listen to the views of parents and students on education expenditure,' the source said. 'We are aware of rising education expenditure and hope to get first-hand knowledge about its impact on parents.' Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at Chinese University, said: 'Mr Tsang's decision to take the public's pulse probably was triggered by the recent drop in his popularity. 'Rising inflation, if it is not kept in check, could spark a political crisis in the city. The chief executive would have recognised the need to take public opinion seriously. 'His advisers would have advised him to readjust his strategy to listen to public opinion.' Mr Tsang's disapproval rating climbed from 18 per cent to 24 per cent in the survey conducted by the public opinion programme of the University of Hong Kong early this month, a record low for his time as chief executive. On June 10, his popularity rating was at 60.8 per cent, compared with 66 per cent last month.