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  1. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985689/deadlock-over-future-esf-subsidies
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Work out the societal returns of ESF subsidy- then decide if it's worth it

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... that only students fortunate enough to gain a space in the ESF receive this financial support. Applied consistently, this becomes an argument for an educational voucher system of some sort, which is, regardless of the merits, an entirely different issue. Nonetheless, it cannot accurately be said that ESF parents have in all cases 'chosen' the ESF. The language barrier (for ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1005712/work-out-societal-returns-esf-subsidy-then-decide-if-its-worth-it
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    English Schools Foundation seeks subsidies for 1,000 new pupils

    Posted Nov 09th 2012, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... to enter ESF schools after graduating from affiliated kindergartens, a foundation spokeswoman said yesterday. The proposal sought to create a smoother transition as the Education Bureau weaned the ESF from the subsidy, known as a subvention, from as early as next year, she said. She said 1,020 pupils were expected to join year 1 and another 120 would enter year 7 in August. Many would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1078123/english-schools-foundation-seeks-subsidies-1000-new-pupils
  6. Scrapping the ESF subsidy would be a costly mistake

    Posted Jul 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Foundation's HK$283 million annual subsidy. The ESF's funding, Suen said, was a problem arising from an historical legacy, which needed to be resolved. Ever since, the editorial page of the South ... held, they are sometimes clouded by emotion. So at the risk of incurring a few stings, it may be worth trying to take a more dispassionate look at the ESF and its subsidy. Starting from first ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/974146/scrapping-esf-subsidy-would-be-costly-mistake
  7. E.S.F. campaign calls for end to cash freeze

    Posted Jun 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... helped push up fees. An e-mail has been sent to more than 12,000 parents ahead of a July 11 Legco education panel meeting to discuss whether to continue or increase the ESF's annual HK$283 ... sure 'our voice is heard'. It lists the ESF's key arguments for the subsidy, pointing out that the amount of cash aid per student has fallen by about 26 per cent over the past 11 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/971774/esf-campaign-calls-end-cash-freeze
  8. School fees may increase next year

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier The head of the ESF has indicated that school fees could go up next year, despite its plan to cut staff costs by 10 per cent. Chief executive Heather Du Quesnay told ... said that it had not been possible to do the review in time for this school year. 'ESF education has to be affordable,' she said, acknowledging that there were a significant number ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517536/school-fees-may-increase-next-year
  9. ESF school fees rise by up to 9pc to offset subsidy cuts

    Posted Mar 30th 2006, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron Parents are pleading with the government not to cut the English Schools Foundation's subsidy any further after fees were raised by up to $4,000 a year. ESF chief executive ... to all 16 ESF schools. The increases, which will net $52.7 million in extra income for the foundation, come after it pushed through 10 per cent cuts in staffing costs last year and was told its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542620/esf-school-fees-rise-9pc-offset-subsidy-cuts
  10. ESF breathes a sigh of relief at shallower cuts

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... by a further 3.127 per cent in the next financial year- slicing nearly $9 million off the foundation's budget. ESF leaders have pledged to manage without reducing school budgets or staff salaries next year although they say they cannot rule out fee increases in September. Parents and teachers are relieved that the cut to the ESF's subvention was not as high as the 10 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/480686/esf-breathes-sigh-relief-shallower-cuts

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