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  1. ESF report card

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An Audit Commission report has found fault with the governance, administration and funding of the English Schools Foundation. What do you think of the report and the ESF's performance? Share your views: write to us. ...

  2. EMB spells out cautious approach

    Posted Nov 20th 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... for a change in the subvention, which now accounts for about 27 per cent of ESF income. The paper describes the history of the ESF, its funding and its role in the education system. It spells out the need for 'transitional arrangements' in the event of a policy change. 'We recognise the ESF's contractual commitments to its staff and the expectations of parents who have ...

  3. Democrats call for new approach to ESF funding

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... in media debates on the ESF's future. Cheung Man-kwong, who represents the education constituency, said: 'We support the government continuing to subsidise the ESF [schools] because they have many local students studying in them. But we think it is better for the ESF to follow the DSS scheme, under which students are subsidised according to a unit cost. 'It would mean ...

  4. ESF's new chief vows to defend its public funding

    Posted Mar 03rd 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... public funding after Permanent Secretary for Education Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun warned the ESF it would have to 'contribute substantially' to cuts. Professor Felice Lieh Mak, who ... in the ESF. 'Whatever cuts the government imposes will have to be fair. They will have to take into consideration other factors: the role the ESF is playing in the community, the cost per student ...

  5. Education chief warns the ESF 'to get its house in order fast'

    Posted Feb 18th 2004, 12:00am by Steve Cray

    ... Foundation following allegations its management is dysfunctional and its finances poorly controlled. 'I hope I don't have to come down on the ESF like a tonne of bricks,' he said. The secretary for education and manpower was speaking after the South China Morning Post's publication of a letter written by former ESF chief executive Jonathan Harris last year, cataloguing what ...

  6. Veteran educator burned by baptism of fire

    Posted Feb 17th 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier ESF chief's reform hopes failed to fly amid internal strife, political pressure Jonathan Harris was recruited as a high-flying British education administrator to run the ESF. He came with impressive credentials, having spent a decade as director of education for the county of Cornwall in England- one of the top five education authorities ...

  7. ESF told to reform or face more cuts

    Posted Nov 25th 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... take a dim view of any attempt by the ESF to 'play politics' or get children and parents to protest against the government. The secretary for education and manpower told the South China Morning Post that he felt vindicated by the commission's findings on the money spent by the ESF and how it was run. 'I certainly feel I have now been vindicated, ...

  8. ESF allays fears over Mak's comments

    Posted May 08th 2004, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... was reported in a Chinese newspaper last week as saying that if Hong Kong's economic situation deteriorated the ESF may be forced to increase school fees, cut staff salaries and close ... this week wrote to ESF stakeholders in response to concerns expressed in staffrooms and among parents about her comments. 'Clearly, this might worry some,' he said. 'Professor Mak ...

  9. Talkback

    Posted Feb 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Q Should ESF parents give Mike Haynes a chance to prove himself? The answer must be a resounding no! If your child has toothache would you take her to a car mechanic? When it comes to her education the last person you would want as ESF chief executive is a former insurance man without a university degree. The top ESF job must go to a fully experienced educationalist who can earn ...

  10. Mailbag

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Be careful not to throw out the baby with the ESF bathwater I am an active stakeholder in the English Schools Foundation. I have sat as a PTA chair and I attend every meeting that I can in order to better understand and contribute to the education of our children- Hong Kong children. I do not see the ESF through rose-tinted glasses, nor am I content that it should cease to strive ...




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