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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    ESF quandary requires Education Bureau to rethink policies

    Posted Feb 15th 2013, 12:00am

    ... The government has made it clear it wants to phase out funding for ESF schools. So, if they are to go private, it makes sense for them to behave like most other private international schools, which have no such admissions policy. Likewise, in the highly unlikely event that it succeeds in convincing the government to reverse its stance and even raise funding, ESF schools would have to act more like local ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF fees could rise 20pc as subsidy phases out

    Posted May 08th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong Dennis.chong@scmp.com Cost for new students likely to increase sharply from 2016 as the government's HK$284 million subsidy is phased out, internal document shows ESF ... subsidy for the foundation, according to a document seen by the South China Morning Post. But students now in ESF schools or who join before the cut-off date will enjoy a subsidised education ...

  4. Time we debated ESF's role in city

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... will discuss a report on the issue from the Education Bureau after talks with the ESF, prompted by a request for HK$160 million for school rebuilding. There is much at stake. For too long, the funding issue has remained unresolved, with neither the ESF nor the government seeming to want to broach it. A decision is needed on the long-term future of ESF schools. Government spending cuts ...

  5. ESF funding talks may be on hold until end of year

    Posted Mar 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com The Education Bureau says discussions on funding for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) could be delayed until the end of the year. The bureau confirmed that officials would report to the Legislative Council's education panel over the issue of ESF funding, referred to officially as subvention, later in the year. Officials had earlier ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    End subvention debate so ESF can move on

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by HEATHER DU QUESNAY

    ... Heather Du Quesnay Heather Du Quesnay says that, above all, the ESF needs clarity on its financial future, to allow it to move on and bring to an end the debilitating subvention debate ... movers and shakers of Hong Kong, as their predecessors have been. Ageing Hong Kong needs its youth talent pool and ESF students are an important part of it. But the debate, if it is to be useful, ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Angry parents protest at Discovery College's hefty fee increase

    Posted May 25th 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... The group criticised the English Schools Foundation (ESF) and its affiliate, ESF Educational Services Ltd (ESL)- the school's operator- for putting the college in significant financial difficulties through bad planning, overestimating student intake and underestimating teacher salaries, among other issues. For annual tuition fees alone, ESF has proposed a 9.5 per cent increase ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Education officials failing Hong Kong children

    Posted Jun 10th 2013, 12:00am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse questions decisions on issues including ESF subvention Education officials going out of their way to fail children I have begun to wonder whether the Education Bureau ... dislike all international schools, but seem to hold a special grudge against the ESF. Having shamefully frozen the subvention many years ago, officials would now appear to have achieved ...

  9. Letters

    Posted May 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... ESF neglecting its obligations in favour of profit I have no doubt many English Schools Foundation parents will write to these columns, angry at the ESF's endless schemes to take money from them. From my point of view, the ESF's effrontery is shocking, because for the last few years it has not been abiding by the terms of its subvention. In accepting HK$280 million ...

  10. Calls to lift curriculum limits

    Posted Jan 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... international places, we cannot do that with the restriction [in place].' Chen said the school should be given the same flexibility in setting its curriculum as ESF schools, which receive government grants and draw 70 per cent of their 13,000 pupils from the city's permanent residents. 'ESF schools are like [direct subsidy] schools, judging from their student make-up,' ...




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