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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Introduce a voucher system to settle the ESF funding debate

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the ESF funding debate The Hong Kong government's education funding policy is in a mess. It's time to tear it up and start again. Yesterday Secretary of Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim wrote to the South China Morning Post to set out his position on government subsidies to the English Schools Foundation. In a nutshell, he argued that: "ESF schools offer a non-local curriculum. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1086321/introduce-voucher-system-settle-esf-funding-debate
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain for the public purse?

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland It would appear that government funding in its schools is HK$50,000 per pupil, against a subsidy of HK$21,000 per child in ESF schools Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain ... column in yesterday's Sunday Morning Post about the English Schools Foundation (ESF). In a nutshell, Jake argued that the ESF should be no more entitled to government subsidies than any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1080187/unjust-sense-entitlement-or-bargain-public-purse
  3. Business - Comment - JAKE'S VIEW

    International school model works fine

    Posted Jun 27th 2013, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that this measure required acceptance by the ESF but, after much debate and protest by the ESF, it now appears final. I wonder why it took so long. The ESF was originally set up as a civil service perk to provide education to the children of expatriate bureaucrats. Colonial days are almost 16 years behind us now and I have long found it difficult to see why ESF schools should be treated differently ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1269771/international-school-model-works-fine
  4. Business - Money

    British boarding schools – Asia marketing pays off

    Posted Jan 27th 2014, 06:21pm by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... Anna Healy Fenton anna.fenton@scmp.com If you’re fed up with Hong Kong’s waiting lists, astronomical debentures for international schools and ESF politics, you might be thinking of sending your offspring to boarding school in England. But for the novice parent about to fork out HK$390,000 a year, before air fares, for five or more years of English education, the range on offer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/wealth/article/1414985/british-boarding-schools-asia-marketing-pays
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR TOM HOLLAND

    Four more ways officials break the spirit of Hong Kong's Basic Law

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... the education secretary declared that "ESF schools offer a non-local curriculum. It is not our established policy to provide recurrent subvention to schools offering a non-local curriculum." Therefore, "the existing recurrent subvention will be phased out". Given that the government has funded the ESF since 1967, our reader notes that terminating the subsidy now will clearly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1088538/four-more-ways-officials-break-spirit-hong-kongs-basic-law
  6. Business - Money

    Big spender's guide to Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 25th 2013, 12:00am by TIFFANY AP

    ... is offered free via the public school system but, again, there is a wide range for private schooling. Most private primary schools charge HK$50,000 to HK$60,000 a year. ESF schools cost HK$100,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/spending/article/1156347/big-spenders-guide-hong-kong

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