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  1. Comment - Letters

    Why ESF subsidy being phased out

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... ESF no different from other international schools in Hong Kong I refer to the report ("ESF must provide local curriculum, Eddie Ng says", November 1) and your editorial ("Subsidise and reform the ESF", November 10). While schools operating under the English Schools Foundation are required to operate in compliance with the relevant ordinances and regulations, we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1085665/why-esf-subsidy-being-phased-out
  2. 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
  3. Comment - Letters

    Skewed praise for ESF system

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Comparing ESF's scores with other schools' is misleading I am a International Baccalaureate (IB) educator at an international school in Hong Kong and refer to Kelly Yang's column ("Eclectic avenue", November 14). She champions support for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subvention by attributing ESF students' IB scores to the diversity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1093328/skewed-praise-esf-system
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    English Schools Foundation deserves a grand bargain on funding

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE ESF deserves grand bargain on funding The English Schools Foundation has asked parents to lobby Legco election candidates to back an increase in government financial support after years of a funding freeze. They have a strong case. It's time to integrate ESF schools into the Direct Subsidy Scheme, thereby making them part of the local system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1023846/english-schools-foundation-deserves-grand-bargain-funding
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    'Local' ESF more at home in international system

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Peter Craughwell

    ... Peter Craughwell Peter Craughwell says the ESF should have lobbied to be part of the Direct Subsidy Scheme for local schools but has instead chosen to behave more like its well-heeled ... Schools Foundation. For many parents who aspire to send their children to ESF schools, this is worrying news. For those with an intense dislike of the organisation, Christmas seems to have come ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1083188/local-esf-more-home-international-system
  6. 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
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Time to reform English Schools Foundation system

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Time to make a choice on ESF The distinction between the English Schools Foundation and private international schools is becoming ever more blurred. Annual ESF fee increases have left parents feeling there is not much difference. Now the ESF has introduced a HK$500,000 non-refundable debenture for each local or expatriate child to gain priority admission to 150 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1040184/time-reform-english-schools-foundation-system
  8. Comment - Letters

    ESF subsidy withdrawal shames SAR

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Wrong-headed withdrawal of ESF subsidy shames SAR With reference to Alex Lo's column ("A lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness", June 8) it is refreshing to hear his support ... and an indictment of the Education Bureau for not foreseeing this problem. I will leave judgment on the direction of the ESF over the past 10 years to others. I am having trouble understanding how, having ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1261159/esf-subsidy-withdrawal-shames-sar
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    An obvious way to integrate schools

    Posted Aug 21st 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... done so already with its treatment of the English Schools Foundation? The bureau has recently announced it will phase out subsidies to ESF schools, in effect privatising them. These subsidised ... these minority schools that Equal Opportunities Commission chairman Dr York Chow Yat-ngok is critical of. After the handover, ESF schools opened up. More locals, unhappy with public schools, sent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1298195/obvious-way-integrate-schools
  10. Comment

    Clarity at last on future of the ESF

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Clarity at last on future of the ESF The die is cast. ESF schools are international schools. As such, government funding will be phased out. That's the gist ... on the English Schools Foundation. It's not one I endorse but it is one that probably most sides, except those who can't afford unsubsidised international schooling, could accept. The ESF ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1086368/clarity-last-future-esf

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