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  1. ESF must justify discrimination against Cantonese speakers

    Posted Apr 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The headline of Fiona Bishop's letter ('Majority of ESF students are local', April 4) raises the question about what percentage of ESF's so-called 'local' ... of the ESF's intake) been offered the ESF's subsidised places at the expense of local Cantonese speakers? Ms Bishop's observation, that 'there is a higher ratio of Asian to western ...

  2. ESF's reluctance in dealing with special needs 'disappointing'

    Posted Jan 12th 2008, 12:00am by Icy Lee

    ... (registered as 'individual needs' students). In the past few months, a group of ESF SEN parents lobbied Legislative Council members for their support for two amendments to the ESF bill, ... representative on the ESF board of governors. For SEN parents, bringing the SEN issue to the forefront carries a great deal of symbolic, if not practical, significance. The two proposed amendments, which ...

  3. Questions raised over independence after selection of ESF's new board of governors

    Posted Sep 11th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... chairwoman Felice Lieh Mak, honorary treasurer Samuel Poon Yiu-kin, Kim Mak, chairman of the foundation's remuneration committee, and Peter Clarke, who has been chairman of the ESF's audit committee since 2004. Members with no known links to the ESF include University of Hong Kong professor of education Cheng Kai-ming, Standard Chartered regional chief executive Nicholas Sallnow-Smith ...

  4. Praise and scorn for 'privileged' schools group

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... the continued perception of the ESF as a 'privileged' group of schools, with a number alluding to the fact that government subvention linked with autonomy over fees gave it an unfair advantage over both local and international schools. 'All along, the ESF has enjoyed a special status among schools in Hong Kong,' said Tsang Yok-sing, of the Democratic Alliance ...

  5. Parents protest over fees rise but ESF defends proposed increase

    Posted Jun 19th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Parents vented their anger at a heated meeting last night over a proposed fee increase by the English Schools Foundation (ESF). The meeting was held to explain the ESF ... schools, Discovery College and Renaissance College. The ESF defended the proposed fee increases and rejected the suggestion that fees were used to fund the private independent schools. ...

  6. Mailbag

    Posted Nov 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Colonial administration's departure raises question over the need for the ESF James Middleton's 'Talk of unfair subvention for ESF ignores the fact HK has two official ... Kong's 'purposes of public schooling'. The ESF was established not for public schooling purposes but for serving British administrators who did not want their children in public ...

  7. ESF stands firm on fees after protests

    Posted Jun 21st 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... is concerned,' she said. Ms Du Quesnay said the foundation had already told teachers their packages would increase and had 'no intention of going back on that'. The ESF believes the increase, ... meetings with management had only increased parents' discontent. He said parents were concerned that fees for the ESF subvented schools were only slightly lower than those at the private ...

  8. ESF's legally defined role is to teach English-speaking students

    Posted Apr 14th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... they contain. ESF schools are bound by law to offer education in the medium of English to children who can benefit from such an education. The local system provides well for Cantonese speakers. There would be no justification for ESF to compete with local schools for children whose needs are already met. However, there are many children in Hong Kong, including Chinese children who were born ...

  9. Foundation 'has big role to play in development of HK'

    Posted Oct 25th 2008, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... Mimi Lau The English Schools Foundation has a major role to play in the international development of the Hong Kong economy, Heather Du Quesnay said. Asked how she saw the ESF developing, once the subvention issue had been settled, she said that although opportunities for expansion 'are probably quite limited', she saw the ESF playing an increasingly important role ...

  10. Foundation chief to extend contract

    Posted Jan 12th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... Liz Gooch Heather Du Quesnay will continue to lead the English Schools Foundation until the end of the 2010-11 academic year after being offered a second three-year contract as chief executive. ESF chairwoman Felice Lieh Mak announced late last month the ESF's executive committee had offered Ms Du Quesnay (pictured) another term. 'I am delighted to be offered ...




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