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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... in July after eight years, said that by 2047, when the 50-year handover transition period ends, ESF students will need Putonghua at a high standard to make a living in Hong Kong. She said ... "We must make sure that we're keeping Chinese right at the centre of our curriculum and raising standards in Chinese." The ESF offers one Chinese class a day for primary school ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1263937/esf-should-boost-chinese-curriculum-says-departing-chief-executive
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Exclusive: ESF warns school fees may rise from next year

    Posted Nov 08th 2012, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... which was established by the government in 1967, has been in talks with the administration over how it is run and the fate of its subsidy - known as a subvention. ESF chairman Carlson Tong ... for existing pupils would also be adjusted for inflation. ESF primary school pupils now pay HK$66,100 a year, while secondary school fees are HK$98,000 up to Year 11, after which they rise ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1077394/esf-warns-fees-may-rise-next-year
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Foundation changes tack on admissions policy, with the move likely to increase the competition for primary places among expatriate children ESF ends ... the competition for expatriate children seeking to enrol at its primary schools. And it comes at a time when the ESF is seeking to secure official funding for its English-medium schools from a government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1143420/esf-end-priority-non-chinese-speakers
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Decision to end ESF subsidy a lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... how much ESF parents will eventually have to pay? Just check out the fees of other international schools. The decision to end the subsidy after freezing payment for a decade may go down ... and his education secretary, Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Of course it is their fault for allowing it to happen. But I am actually not sure they know what they are doing with the ESF in the sense they almost ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1256000/decision-end-esf-subsidy-lesson-machiavellian-ruthlessness
  5. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Education chief spells out stance on subject of ESF

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... suggested at a Legco hearing late last month that the ESF's recurrent funding, or subvention, should be cut because it offered students only an international curriculum. In a letter to the South China Morning Post today Ng says that the ESF has no intention of changing its curriculum and that he had not asked it to do so. In a Legco meeting on October 31, Ng, in response ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1085696/education-chief-spells-out-stance-subject-esf
  6. Comment - Letters

    Skewed praise for ESF system

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... Comparing ESF's scores with other schools' is misleading I am a International Baccalaureate (IB) educator at an international school in Hong Kong and refer to Kelly Yang's column ("Eclectic avenue", November 14). She champions support for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subvention by attributing ESF students' IB scores to the diversity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1093328/skewed-praise-esf-system
  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents attack ESF's HK$500,000 school place reservation fee

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com Scrap HK$500,000 charge to reserve a school place or lose government aid, foundation told Parents attack ESF reservation fee The English Schools Foundation ... will have to pay a non-refundable HK$500,000 debenture for each child. Christian Mueller, an ESF parent, said: "It is unreasonable for ESF to impose a HK$500,000 fee as a fast-track option ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1061247/parents-attack-esfs-hk500000-school-place-reservation-fee
  8. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1150476/esf-quandary-requires-education-bureau-rethink-policies
  9. Talk back

    Posted Apr 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Q Is the rise in ESF school fees justifiable? The fee rise is justifiable and long overdue. The ESF is a business and must be run as one if it is to continue as a provider of quality ... of previous senior management. There is no guarantee the government subsidy to the ESF will continue, and there have been fairly blunt statements confirming this from senior politicians. Before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/542876/talk-back
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF hankers for public funding, despite Eddie Ng's comments

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung Linda.yeung@scmp.com Foundation argues its English curriculum is valuable to all Hong Kong citizens; DSS schools teaching IB could help fight for subvention ESF still hopes ... Education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim has said it is not government policy to provide subsidies to schools that offer a non-local curriculum, as the ESF does. He also ruled out treating the foundation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1086911/esf-hankers-public-funding-despite-eddie-ngs-comments

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