ESF - English Schools Foundation

Primary places in short supply

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2012, 12:00am

HONG KONG - Moving firm Crown Relocations surveyed 37 English Schools Foundation (ESF) and international schools. It found that only two schools on Hong Kong Island had places for Primary One students.

Kiangsu and Chekiang Primary School said it had about 1,000 children on its waiting list.

Critics said the survey showed it was 'close to impossible' for many parents to place their children in an English-language primary school. In December the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Rob Chipman, said a shortage of international school places could be a 'deal breaker' for expatriates considering a move to Hong Kong.

But the government says the overall occupancy rate for international schools is less than 90 per cent and so there is no need for urgent action.

Legislator Abraham Razack criticised the government for not doing more to solve the problem.