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  1. Time to sing goodbye

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun With four English Schools Foundation alumni making it into the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens squad this year, the ESF has plenty of reason to celebrate. But their most audible- and certainly most lyrical- presence will be turning out on Sunday. A chorus of a thousand ESF primary school children will sing before the finals are played and an ESF music teacher will sing ...

  2. Taskforce members quit in ESF row

    Posted May 07th 2005, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... with wider issues the ESF faced. 'It can't restrict the board [of governors] in what it does,' he said. '[Members] felt it went beyond the agreed brief of the taskforce and was unsatisfactory in its presentation,' he said. '[ESF chief executive] Heather Du Quesnay, with input from others, prepared at speed a consultation document that was intended to better reflect ...

  3. Time to resolve the doubts over ESF funding

    Posted Sep 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... annual government subsidy of $278 million- nearly 28 per cent of the ESF's income. The result is a plan to cut the staff bill by 10 per cent to meet criticism that ESF teachers are overpaid. Outraged teachers predict dire consequences for the ESF's ability to retain and recruit quality staff and maintain standards. They may have a point. But it is just one part of a debate over ...

  4. ESF accusations

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A Legco committee has condemned the 'inadequate' administration of the English Schools Foundation and accused the government of not monitoring the ESF properly. What do you think of its findings? Share your views: write to us. ...

  5. ESF staff pay cuts

    Posted Sep 25th 2005, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines What are all these rumours about ESF teachers striking? Just rumours. There's no strike. Rather, a group of English Schools Foundation (ESF) teachers are going to hand in a letter on Wednesday objecting to a 10 per cent cut in pay and perks that management have asked them to accept. Will lessons be disrupted? ...

  6. 'No pressure on the ESF to cut pay and benefits'

    Posted Oct 15th 2005, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... the pay and benefits of its teachers. The Association of Professional Teachers of ESF Schools has received a letter from the Education and Manpower Bureau, written on behalf of chief executive ... inaccurate to suggest that the proposal now put forward by the ESF management is driven by political considerations with any intervention or involvement on the part of government.' The ESF ...

  7. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In our report 'ESF teachers protest against pay cut' (City, September 29), we stated that according to the audit report, ESF teachers earned $947,400 in 2003-04. That figure was in fact the average annual remuneration and included salaries, gratuities, responsibility and accommodation allowances, staff quarter benefits, provident fund contributions and medical benefits ...

  8. taking action

    Posted Mar 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Action by the ESF in response to the Public Accounts Committee criticisms will: REVIEW the ESF management office, to be completed by June; STUDY reducing staff salaries and report by June; REVIEW the governance structure, starting in May; REVIEW whether to dispose of surplus staff quarters, to be completed by June; REVIEW internal audit procedures. This has been completed. KPMG ...

  9. mail bag

    Posted Oct 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ESF teacher's comment seen as demeaning As a fellow teacher at an international school I feel I must comment on Julian Harniess' article 'Management ideals just tales by an idiot'. I really wonder who the idiot is? Is Mr Harniess implying that ESF teachers belong to some special, deified group? Is someone from the US, Canada, England with a BA in education, or PGCE ...

  10. ESF members vote for radical changes

    Posted Jun 30th 2005, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier Members of the English Schools Foundation voted last night to approve radical changes that will result in the demise of the body that has administered the ESF for three decades. Just 68 of the 137-member foundation attended a meeting at Bradbury School to approve the process of reforming the ESF's governance and management. Fifty-two voted for the reforms ...




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