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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Departing English Schools Foundation chief executive Heather Du Quesnay is encouraging her successor to consider developing a stronger Chinese curriculum. Du Quesnay, who ends her term ... the foundation needed to constantly review its Chinese curriculum to make it better. "I feel very strongly about the position of Chinese within the curriculum of our schools," she said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1263937/esf-should-boost-chinese-curriculum-says-departing-chief-executive
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF considers corporate scheme for school places

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung and Jennifer Ngo

    ... school places for companies The English Schools Foundation (ESF) may launch a corporate nomination rights scheme to make up for its financial losses as the government gradually cuts its subsidy. Companies would be able to pay to reserve school places for the children of employees. From 2016, the foundation's long-frozen HK$283 million annual subsidy, or subvention, will be phased out ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1256053/esf-considers-corporate-scheme-school-places
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF to keep funding for special needs services

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung and Jennifer Ngo

    ... Linda Yeung and Jennifer Ngo ESF to keep funding for special needs services As the biggest provider of English-medium primary and secondary education for students with special needs, the English Schools Foundation will retain government support for such services. The government now gives HK$28.3 million a year to the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School and learning support centres in ESF ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1255913/esf-keep-funding-special-needs-services
  4. News - Hong Kong - SCHOOLS

    Parents fear ESF will pay high price for loss of subsidy

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Withdrawal of the government subsidy from the English Schools Foundation could force some expatriate families out of Hong Kong and affect the calibre of students the ESF attracts, parents of current ... and connections." The foundation, with 20 schools and kindergartens, announced last week it had accepted the proposal in principle. It will make a final decision after hearing parents' views. Jullienne ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1258654/parents-fear-esf-will-pay-high-price-loss-subsidy
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Pupils hoping to land a place at an English Schools Foundation school in coming years will have a slim or non-existent chance of even securing an interview unless they are well connected ... a student, and children of former ESF students. A new assessment system will also be introduced to test applicants' English proficiency and their suitability for an ESF school through interviews ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1144023/outsiders-have-slim-hope-landing-esf-places
  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    HK$500,000 to reserve place in Hong Kong's English schools

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... IN ESF SCHOOLS The English Schools Foundation has introduced a new debenture scheme seeking HK$500,000 to reserve a place - a sum almost 10 times the maximum amount specified in its former ... Parents said middle-class parents would be hardest-hit and might not be able to afford to send children to ESF schools. The foundation said proceeds would be reserved for capital projects. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1035323/hk500000-reserve-place-hong-kongs-english-schools
  7. Comment - Letters

    ESF settles the score on pathways for students

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... suggests that a large proportion of English Schools Foundation students are not admitted to International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes because the schools use selection criteria to direct students ... on to the next stage of their lives. That is what true education is about, and I am sure that Ms Hazari's school and others like it try to do exactly the same. Heather Du Quesnay, CEO, English ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1097618/esf-settles-score-pathways-students
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Teach English for the real world to Hong Kong's struggling students

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 02:43pm by Philip Yeung

    ... and otherwise, were slammed in her face. The story of this young girl is the Hong Kong public education writ large. A decade of a daily diet of filling-in-the-blanks English ensures that school ... students at "Band 3" schools workplace English, since that is what will be most useful to them once they leave school? Why not give them functional English for a functional future? ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1581131/teach-english-real-world-hong-kongs-struggling-students
  9. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Exclusive: ESF warns school fees may rise from next year

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... The consequences of phasing out government's HK$284 million subvention may be felt in the next academic year, says foundation chairman The English Schools Foundation warned yesterday ... Ka-shing said schools would have to impose two sets of fees when the subsidies were phased out over the next 13 years because the foundation had promised parents of current pupils their fees would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1077394/esf-warns-fees-may-rise-next-year
  10. Foundation solid but the fittings shake a bit

    Posted Dec 13th 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Schools Foundation has gone into self-destruct mode. A story of another primary principal leaving under disputed circumstances with stories of hush money to boot is followed by an anonymous letter ... the excellence and commitment and to communicate this effectively. For our part, we teachers should try to understand that to best secure the future for the foundation, its schools and therefore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/437999/foundation-solid-fittings-shake-bit

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