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  1. ESF parents slugged further 4pc

    Posted Apr 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... should match inflation, which is 4.9 per cent. In an e-mail to parents, ESF officials said that annual fees for primary school pupils would be HK$66,100, while those for pupils from Year Seven ... are well aware that there is a very close correlation between pay and fees because 80 per cent of ESF's budget is spent directly on staff,' ESF's chief executive Heather Du Quesnay ...

  2. Corrections & clarifications

    Posted Dec 01st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Saturday's front page report 'ESF to impose HK$25,000 building levy' stated that ESF's chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said the levy would generate HK$300 million a year towards a building programme to replace ageing schools. In fact, she said it would generate HK$300 million, without specifying a time period. The ESF has explained that it will take seven ...

  3. Chief vows ESF will keep tight rein on spending

    Posted Mar 23rd 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... amendments to the ESF's Ordinance bill. The bill, which contains substantial changes to the ESF's governance, will be proposed as a private members' bill by Abraham Razack, legislator for the real estate and construction sector. The bill will replace the ESF's 130-member foundation and executive committee with a 25-member board of governors. The board will consist of 10 ...

  4. taking action

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

    ... Action by the ESF in response to the Public Accounts Committee criticisms will: REVIEW the ESF management office, to be completed by June; STUDY reducing staff salaries and report by June; REVIEW the governance structure, starting in May; REVIEW whether to dispose of surplus staff quarters, to be completed by June; REVIEW internal audit procedures. This has been completed. KPMG ...

  5. Important questions need to be asked about how the ESF spends its money

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... The English Schools Foundation (ESF) discussion has focused on the increasing fees parents are paying and how they create an unreasonable financial burden. No one has addressed the other side of this equation- costs. Is the ESF board monitoring costs? Is there a truly independent audit committee hearing reports from an outside auditor which are shared with the full board ...

  6. Another ESF school raises fees, adds levy

    Posted Apr 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for secondary pupils will rise by 16.4 per cent for the 2012-13 academic year. ESF communications manager Susanna Chiu said the levy could be paid over 10 monthly instalments to ease the financial ... is required to repay the construction cost to the ESF within 20 years of its opening. It now pays HK$5.3 million a year but after the levy is imposed it will pay HK$15.5 million annually. Chiu said ...

  7. ESF faces $28m funding cut

    Posted Aug 13th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron 10pc reduction has yet to be confirmed but parents and teachers are already up in arms The government is planning to cut funding to the English Schools Foundation (ESF) by a further 10 per cent next year, triggering dismay among parents and teachers. The $28.18 million cut would reduce the ESF's public funding- or subvention- to $253.6 million, nearly $50 million ...

  8. Foundation chief to extend contract

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

    ... Liz Gooch Heather Du Quesnay will continue to lead the English Schools Foundation until the end of the 2010-11 academic year after being offered a second three-year contract as chief executive. ESF chairwoman Felice Lieh Mak announced late last month the ESF's executive committee had offered Ms Du Quesnay (pictured) another term. 'I am delighted to be offered ...

  9. ESF to spend more after review

    Posted Sep 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Heather Du Quesnay is planning a shake-up at the ESF's Stubbs Road headquarters following the review, which was demanded by Legco's Public Accounts Committee in its review of the ESF's damning audit report last year. The review looked at whether any of the work of the management office was no longer needed, would be better outsourced or carried out by schools, or whether ...

  10. 'Ostentatious' house up for grabs

    Posted May 28th 2005, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier The controversial residence of the English Schools Foundation's former leader is up for sale. The ESF's executive committee has agreed to sell the Stanley ... Stanley house belongs to the past ESF. It's big, ostentatious and too far away,' she said. ...




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