A PROPOSAL to create separate seniority lists for teachers and other educators will be put to the Executive Council in a bid to defuse a row threatening to disrupt schools. Government officials admit privately that the move is little more than ''window dressing'', but believe it could resolve the growing crisis that has already led to industrial action by lecturers. The Director of Education, Dominic Wong Shing-wah, admitted yesterday it was difficult to find a solution to the problem that would satisfy both teachers and lecturers. The lecturers started a nine-day strike on Tuesday to protest against a re-deployment package which meant their seniority would not be taken into account on their return to the Education Department after a compulsory secondment to the new Hong Kong Institute of Education. Their strike has included a refusal to do administrative, teaching and student admission work. The institute had to defer some of its courses and student admission process because of the action. However, staff of the other streams of the department - administration, teaching and inspectorate - have said they would be unhappy if the lecturers' seniority was taken into account when they rejoined as it would block their own promotion chances. While Mr Wong declined to give details of the revised package to be discussed by Exco on Tuesday, he said the department was considering creating separate seniority lists. Mr Wong said: ''But we believe the package submitted to Exco could balance staff's interest and will be acceptable to them in general.'' ''The idea is window-dressing more than anything. But it is what the lecturers are asking for,'' one official said. The chairman of the 500-strong Union of Graduate Officers in Government Schools, Stella Hui Lai-shun, said the Government should avoid making any ''cosmetic'' arrangement to cover up the real impact on staff. The chairman of the Association of Lecturers at Colleges of Education, Lai Kwok-chan, said they could not comment on the idea until the details of the package were known.