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  1. Bureau to restart ESF funding talks after 6-year pause

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... appropriate time' for a review of the ESF's subvention, which was withdrawn amid rancour over dysfunctional operational procedures and financial mismanagement. The announcement was welcomed ... schools. 'Given that the ESF has established its board of governors and various committees and has also by now put in place a series of reform measures under its governance structure, we ...

  2. ESF to seek government help for plan to replace school buildings

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... for a new school building. ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay will explain to the Legislative Council's education panel why the foundation needs HK$169.3 million of government capital funding to put into the rebuilding of Kowloon Junior School- its oldest campus. The ESF plans to put in HK$220.5 million of its own money- including the proceeds of a HK$25,000 capital levy ...

  3. Some parents of ESF pupils are struggling to make ends meet

    Posted Dec 15th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for 'Hong Kong children whose parents desperately wanted high-quality, English-medium education for their kids'. She defended the decision of the ESF to invest in two private independent schools 10 years ago. The Concerned ESF Parents group would like to know what the ESF, a government subvented, non-profit-making organisation, has to do with the running of private schools. Since ...

  4. ESF school will get HK$240m upgrade

    Posted May 20th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Work to upgrade and expand King George V School in Kowloon is due to start in February after the English Schools Foundation agreed on a HK$240 million funding package. The move, announced yesterday, is one of two school-building projects the ESF is funding through a HK$25,000 levy on new students. The ESF also said the government had agreed to provide HK$150 million ...

  5. ESF ignored calls to end fee rises, parents say

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron A parents action group has accused the English Schools Foundation of failing to communicate with parents for two years and ignoring their calls for an end to fee rises. The ESF ... board and parents' committee in June. The move comes after Ron Abbott, chairman of the Overseas Inspectors Association, snubbed an invitation to meet ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay ...

  6. Issue of ESF subvention can no longer be ignored

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... parents, but they should not come as a surprise. ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay has not minced her words. She says the rise in fees of up to 5.3 per cent from August is affordable. ... the government subvention to the ESF has been nominally frozen- but effectively declining- over the past decade. The subvention has become the proverbial big elephant in the room that no one wants ...

  7. Parents fight funding for loss-making ESF colleges

    Posted Nov 29th 2010, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry A parents' group fighting to freeze rising fees is questioning the English Schools Foundation over funding for its loss-making private independent colleges. ESF Concerned ... Renaissance College and Discovery College. ESF chief executive officer Heather Du Quesnay defends the funding, saying the investment is justified and the schools foundation needs a healthy reserve ...

  8. ESF parents warned

    Posted Oct 31st 2010, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... if they continued to voice complaints in the press. In an e-mail sent to all parents, ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said 'negative press and radio coverage' might affect upcoming talks on the organisation's funding. 'It will not help ESF's case if the Hong Kong community is encouraged to believe ESF money is not well spent,' she wrote. 'We need all those who are associated ...

  9. Panel backs ESF's HK$169m funding call to rebuild school

    Posted Dec 14th 2010, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... it had to be a one-time offer. The school, ESF's oldest, currently occupies two campuses on Rose Street and Perth Street in Kowloon. Undersecretary for Education Kenneth Chen Wei-on told ... will become the only campus for the school. The Rose Street campus will be returned to the government.' ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said the rebuilding and consolidation into a single ...

  10. School places mismatch a cause of heartbreak

    Posted Feb 17th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... is ever guaranteed by ESF Educational Services. But some parents have argued that statements made on its website have created an impression that most children do move on to an ESF primary school. Their situation is particularly bleak because many ESF kindergarten graduates lack the requisite language skills to enter local Chinese schools. Meanwhile, most international schools have long waiting ...




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