A HOTLINE service will soon be available in Hong Kong for students not only seeking information on future academic and career prospects following the release of the HKCEE results, but also advice on various academic problems throughout the year. As well as offering up-to-date information on Form Six admission and study or helping Form Five repeaters, the Hok Yau Club will entertain questions on a whole range of problems students face every day - twice a week. The club, one of the largest voluntary youth groups offering such hotline services, will launch the new permanent hotline later this month,under which calls from students will be answered by a team comprising an experienced social worker and some 20 voluntary helpers. Mr Ng Tak-kay, director of the club's student guidance centre, said the hotline would give students a chance to talk to someone whenever they encountered problems. ''We welcome questions on studying methods, further study opportunities and career choices. ''Our social worker and helpers will teach callers how to cope with pressure, what issues they needed to pay attention to during the examination and details on the Joint University and Polytechnic Admissions Scheme and the Joint Admissions Scheme for Polytechnic, Technical Institutes and Colleges.'' But, he added, questions on specific exercises and homework would not be entertained. Hok Yau Club offered free-of-charge HKCEE hotline services a few days before and after the release of HKCEE results. Last year it received about 20,000 calls in 11 days, most of which were about Form Six admission. Mr Ng said a permanent hotline was needed because ''many students keep calling us, dialling our office's number for information about exam preparation and study opportunities''. He said the permanent hotline had been planned three years ago but the idea had to be put on hold because of lack of manpower. ''This time we have recruited a full-time social worker and some 20 tertiary students to help us on a voluntary basis.'' Mr Ng said the hotline service would be expanded to run around the clock before and after the release of the HKCEE results. The hotline will be launched on March 22. Students may call on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 pm to 9 pm on 503-3399. The club will also hold two mock HKCEE examinations on April 3 and 4 at Hong Kong Polytechnic and City Polytechnic of Hong Kong. Interested students should contact the club's student guidance centre (Flat A, 1/F Sun Ying Building, 43 King's Road, Causeway Bay) at 2 pm on March 12.