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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 appropriate time' for a review of the ESF's subvention, which was withdrawn amid rancour over dysfunctional operational procedures and financial mismanagement.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. '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. 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 ...

  6. ESF accusations

    Posted Feb 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A Legco committee has condemned the 'inadequate' administration of the English Schools Foundation and accused the government of not monitoring the ESF properly. What do you think of its findings? Share your views: write to us. ...

  7. ESF report card

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... An Audit Commission report has found fault with the governance, administration and funding of the English Schools Foundation. What do you think of the report and the ESF's performance? Share your views: write to us. ...

  8. Democrats call for new approach to ESF funding

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... in media debates on the ESF's future. Cheung Man-kwong, who represents the education constituency, said: 'We support the government continuing to subsidise the ESF [schools] because they have many local students studying in them. But we think it is better for the ESF to follow the DSS scheme, under which students are subsidised according to a unit cost. 'It would mean ...

  9. Praise and scorn for 'privileged' schools group

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... the continued perception of the ESF as a 'privileged' group of schools, with a number alluding to the fact that government subvention linked with autonomy over fees gave it an unfair advantage over both local and international schools. 'All along, the ESF has enjoyed a special status among schools in Hong Kong,' said Tsang Yok-sing, of the Democratic Alliance ...

  10. 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 ...




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