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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... in July after eight years, said that by 2047, when the 50-year handover transition period ends, ESF students will need Putonghua at a high standard to make a living in Hong Kong. She said ... "We must make sure that we're keeping Chinese right at the centre of our curriculum and raising standards in Chinese." The ESF offers one Chinese class a day for primary school ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1263937/esf-should-boost-chinese-curriculum-says-departing-chief-executive
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Veteran UK educator Belinda Greer to replace Du Quesnay as ESF chief

    Posted Jun 01st 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com Veteran British educator to head ESF A veteran British educator will replace Heather Du Quesnay as chief executive of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Belinda Greer takes up the position on September 1, when Du Quesnay retires after eight years. Greer, who has more than 30 years of experience in education, arrives at a testing time for the ESF ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1250964/veteran-uk-educator-belinda-greer-replace-du-quesnay-esf-chief
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Foundation changes tack on admissions policy, with the move likely to increase the competition for primary places among expatriate children ESF ends ... the competition for expatriate children seeking to enrol at its primary schools. And it comes at a time when the ESF is seeking to secure official funding for its English-medium schools from a government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1143420/esf-end-priority-non-chinese-speakers
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Decision to end ESF subsidy a lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... how much ESF parents will eventually have to pay? Just check out the fees of other international schools. The decision to end the subsidy after freezing payment for a decade may go down ... and his education secretary, Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Of course it is their fault for allowing it to happen. But I am actually not sure they know what they are doing with the ESF in the sense they almost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1256000/decision-end-esf-subsidy-lesson-machiavellian-ruthlessness
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com New scheme gives priority to staff and sibling connections and families who pay HK$500,000 'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places ... to the ESF or have paid a costly nomination rights fee. This is indicated by figures from the ESF, which announced on Monday that it would no longer give priority to non-Chinese-speakers and children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1144023/outsiders-have-slim-hope-landing-esf-places
  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    ESF's new chief executive Belinda Greer looks to boost efficiency

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com With a looming subsidy cut and mounting calls for more accountability, the ESF's new chief executive vows to clean house, writes Linda Yeung Past tense, future conditional When the Education Bureau announced in June that subsidies to the English Schools Foundation would be phased out from 2016, it seemed inevitable that the ESF would turn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359426/esfs-new-chief-executive-belinda-greer-looks-boost
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Discovery College sizes up new ESF chief as school fees rise- again

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com A wary welcome from embattled college Three months into the new school year, parents at Discovery College on Lantau are still paying fees at last year's levels, having blocked a 7.6 per cent rise. That changes next mo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359455/discovery-college-sizes-new-esf-chief-school-fees-rise
  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    New ESF chief Belinda Greer vows to watch the pennies

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 04:24am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Belinda Greer says she will draw on experience with cash-strapped Scottish schools to help cope with loss of government money New ESF chief vows to watch ... executive says. To that end, the ESF may stop recruiting replacements for some departing staff members, Belinda Greer said yesterday at her first meeting with the media since she took over last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1343913/new-esf-chief-belinda-greer-vows-watch-pennies
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    ESF quandary requires Education Bureau to rethink policies

    Posted Feb 15th 2013, 12:00am

    ... The government has made it clear it wants to phase out funding for ESF schools. So, if they are to go private, it makes sense for them to behave like most other private international schools, which have no such admissions policy. Likewise, in the highly unlikely event that it succeeds in convincing the government to reverse its stance and even raise funding, ESF schools would have to act more like local ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1150476/esf-quandary-requires-education-bureau-rethink-policies
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    I’ll emigrate when there’s no more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, says ESF ace pupil

    Posted Sep 05th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... talks. Emigration is something I would consider when this place has no freedom of speech any more." About 28 per cent of some 1,000 ESF pupils who took the exams scored A* grades, four times ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1303447/ill-emigrate-when-theres-no-more-freedom-speech-hong-kong-says-esf

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