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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. 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 ...

  3. What it takes to make city a home for talent

    Posted Jul 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... English-medium education. ESF is not a colonial hangover; it is an important element in Hong Kong's standing as a world city. The British Chamber of Commerce says that 75 per cent of its members ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Road to reform

    Posted Apr 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Audit to review operations November 2004 Audit Report criticises governance and financial management, saying the foundation is too large to make effective decisions December 2004 ESF votes ... held on ordinance October 2005 Staff and benefit cuts of 9.2 per cent agreed by executive April 24, 2006 Draft of ESF ordinance proposed amendment bill released to members ...

  9. ESF warns of fee increases to cover costs of funds cut

    Posted Mar 11th 2006, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... subvention by 2.8 per cent in the coming financial year, amounting to a cumulative cut in public funding of more than 12 per cent since 2004. Heather Du Quesnay, ESF chief executive, confirmed that an increase was being considered. 'We have to be sensible and plan for the future of the ESF to offer high standards of education,' she said. 'The ESF has not been planning ...

  10. Talk back

    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... this was a case of action by man's best friend and not worst enemy. Name and address supplied Q Is the proposed ESF school building too big? I am one of the organisers of the petition carrying more ...




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