THE Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong will double the number of hotlines to six for four days next week as they prepare for a surge in calls from students worried about examination results. The extra lines will be open from Monday to Thursday next week after the numbers of students who called last year leapt 33 per cent to 271, more than half the number of youths aged 15 to 19 who called for the first time the whole year. The figure was published in the society's annual report, published yesterday, after the society released full figures at the annual meeting last month. Teenagers were under a lot of pressure to do well in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, which dictated whether they could study further or get a job, said Samaritans chairman Betty Tsui Chi-ying. ''Many of them feel they cannot go home'' if their results were not as good as parents had hoped, or they were disappointed in themselves, she said. A few students had accepted offers from the Samaritan volunteers to ring their parents to ease friction. Some callers got better results than expected. They were worried about whether they should continue studying or were upset because their parents could not afford school fees. All the society's 120 volunteers would be asked to work six-hour shifts instead of the usual two hours, she said. The society would concentrate more on callers needing comfort. Those seeking information, such as courses to do after school, would be referred to other organisations. Last year nearly two-thirds of the callers made inquiries and one-third were emotional. Although offering comfort and sympathy, the counsellors would try to get the students to face their problems, she said. Many of the students had other concerns, such as family matters or love affairs, and exam results brought those troubles to a head. Most people just wanted someone to listen. This year for the first time the society would run two training courses for volunteers, Ms Tsui said. Meanwhile, the number of callers had continued to increase last year, up by 14 per cent to 3,050. The Samaritans' permanent hotline number (three lines) is 389 2221. The extra exam hotline (three lines) is on 763 0883.