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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    New ESF debenture scheme will hit middle classes hardest

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com ESF debenture plan 'will hit middle class hardest' Middle-class families will be the hardest hit by the English Schools Foundation's new ... will gain priority placement for children if they meet ESF admission requirements and pass interviews. Chan said the association opposed paying to ensure a school place or to move up in priority, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1035365/new-esf-debenture-scheme-will-hit-middle-classes-hardest
  2. Hong Kong should not pay ESF to maintain its luxurious schools

    Posted Aug 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The government should stop subsidising the English Schools Foundation (ESF) as its admission policy picks out Cantonese-speaking children for discrimination and favours ... like it anywhere in the world. Legally, the ESF is required to offer a liberal education in the English language without discrimination 'to boys and girls who are able to benefit from ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/977570/hong-kong-should-not-pay-esf-maintain-its-luxurious-schools
  3. Accord sought on issue of disabled in ESF bill

    Posted Nov 10th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... responsibility to disabled students. At a bills committee meeting on Monday, discussion focused on whether including the phrase that the ESF must provide education 'without regard to race, religion or disability' could expose the ESF to legal action from disabled students. The ESF (Amendment) Bill proposes replacing the 130-member foundation and executive committee with a 25-member board ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/615034/accord-sought-issue-disabled-esf-bill
  4. ESF a good model, says veteran

    Posted Jan 19th 2008, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... education system and provided insights into troubled periods of the ESF's history. On dealing with Chinese parents, Mr Forse said it was clear many middle-class families wanted their children to attend ESF schools because they had lost confidence in the local system. While vigorously defending the local education system, Mr Forse said Chinese families applied to the ESF because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/623492/esf-good-model-says-veteran
  5. Girl under observation

    Posted Feb 10th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... recently learned that her child had failed to get a primary place at an English Schools Foundation school, despite attending an ESF kindergarten. A spokeswoman for the foundation said that parents knew if their children attended an ESF kindergarten they were not guaranteed a place in an ESF primary school. The mother had no history of mental illness and the family did not have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/705905/girl-under-observation
  6. Pupils suspended over drugs claims

    Posted Feb 28th 2004, 12:00am by Steve Cray

    ... like this is going on,' he said. Mr Cottam has written to parents to spell out that the suspensions are in line with ESF policy and that if found guilty, the pair involved in allegedly supplying or receiving the drug will be expelled. 'This action is in accordance with ESF policy which makes a distinction between drug users and traffickers. If any student is found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/446149/pupils-suspended-over-drugs-claims
  7. Letters

    Posted Jul 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Subvention for ESF must be raised I am writing as a local parent to urge support for increased government subvention for the English Schools Foundation (ESF). We must all recognise ... competitive and less able to function in an English-speaking global context. The ESF has functioned effectively to bridge the gap between local and international schools, by providing high-quality ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972591/letters
  8. Marks for effort- but plenty of room for improvement

    Posted Jun 17th 2006, 12:00am by Annemarie Evans

    ... international schools,' Ms Samelson said. 'It's the middle piece that is missing: schools with support to help those kids.' The ESF, which has a policy of comprehensive entry, caters ... needs. 'We have redeveloped the policy framework,' said ESF special needs adviser John Barker. 'We've established a picture of the demand and have a clearer picture of what ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/553004/marks-effort-plenty-room-improvement
  9. Letters

    Posted Jul 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... in society' (Clause 52 of Part 2). Gloria Lee, for director of social welfare ESF's role is key to HK's prosperity Applications for the English Schools Foundation's Year One to Year Seven classes far exceed the number of places available. The government needs to recognise the demand for English-medium education in Hong Kong and the important role the ESF plays. About 70 per ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/972248/letters
  10. Talkback

    Posted Feb 18th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Q How should the ESF be reformed? I refer to your article 'Oysters and Wine at ESF staff lunch' of February 17. The ESF financial controller was quoted saying that ESF allowances ... a different viewpoint. Frankie Lam, Mid-Levels I am a secondary-level teacher from the US visiting Hong Kong. My daughter is enrolled in an ESF-affiliated school. The situation in the ESF is hardly ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/444959/talkback

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