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  1. No easy options for the ESF dilemma

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Negotiations between the government and the English Schools Foundation are going nowhere. The government wants to let go of the ESF, if not now then eventually. The ESF, however, wants to stay with increased public funding. Either outcome is acceptable. In the first case, ESF institutions would become fully-fledged independent international schools. ...

  2. 'No immediate plans' to cut ESF's subsidy

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chen Wei-on gave an assurance that any decision on ESF would not be carried out hastily. 'We have no plan to immediately cancel ESF funding at this stage,' Chen told legislators at a Legco meeting to discuss the ESF. His promise came days after the government submitted a paper to the lawmakers, suggesting a gradual shift in the ESF's funding towards 'eventual ...

  3. ESF board and committees make decisions about costs with greatest care

    Posted Aug 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... In his letter ('Important questions need to be asked about how the ESF spends its money', August 2), Jim Wilson asked a few very important questions about the governance and the financial control of the English Schools Foundation. Let me point out that ESF was subjected to a stringent review of its governance and management practice by the Director of Audit in 2004. ...

  4. Deadlock over future ESF subsidies

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Negotiations between the English Schools Foundation and the government over whether ESF schools should continue to receive government funding are deadlocked, with the clock ticking on an earlier goal of finalising reform details by the end of this year. The government is considering whether funding should cease in the long term, while the ESF ...

  5. Fees might not have to go up if ESF ended 'lavish' treatment of staff

    Posted Jul 18th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I am disappointed that the government has yet again demonstrated its ineffectiveness and indecisiveness, after considering to phase out the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subvention. As an educator and a parent of two children who completed their education in ESF schools, I have personally witnessed the lavish treatment meted to ESF staff. 'Lavish' is the word communicated ...

  6. Subsidy proposal shock for ESF

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com The government is considering telling the English Schools Foundation that its funding may be phased out, despite a campaign launched by the ESF for an increase in its annual HK$283 million subsidy. According to a paper drawn up by the Education Bureau and to be debated in the Legislative Council on Monday, ESF schools may also be required to sign ...

  7. ESF schools contribute to international character of city

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Contrary to Cynthia Sze's view ('Hong Kong should not pay ESF to maintain its luxurious schools', August 30), I advocate an increase in government subvention to the English Schools Foundation in order to ensure that there are enough affordable places for local and expatriate children. The ESF offers an international education at fees lower than the norm ...

  8. Hong Kong should not pay ESF to maintain its luxurious schools

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The government should stop subsidising the English Schools Foundation (ESF) as its admission policy picks out Cantonese-speaking children for discrimination and favours ... like it anywhere in the world. Legally, the ESF is required to offer a liberal education in the English language without discrimination 'to boys and girls who are able to benefit from ...

  9. Government should improve local schools instead of giving ESF a subsidy

    Posted Aug 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... I refer to the ongoing debate about the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subsidy. It seems a number of your correspondents have used this as an excuse to make bigoted remarks towards the expatriate community in Hong Kong. I should first note that I do not wish to take sides and that I merely wish to voice my opinion on the issue of the ESF subsidy. I believe the root of this debate ...

  10. Time we debated ESF's role in city

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... will discuss a report on the issue from the Education Bureau after talks with the ESF, prompted by a request for HK$160 million for school rebuilding. There is much at stake. For too long, the funding issue has remained unresolved, with neither the ESF nor the government seeming to want to broach it. A decision is needed on the long-term future of ESF schools. Government spending cuts ...




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