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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. Deadlock over future ESF subsidies

    Posted Nov 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com Negotiations between the English Schools Foundation and the government over whether ESF schools should continue to receive government funding are deadlocked, with the clock ticking on an earlier goal of finalising reform details by the end of this year. The government is considering whether funding should cease in the long term, while the ESF ...

  3. ESF ignored calls to end fee rises, parents say

    Posted Sep 29th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... Liz Heron A parents action group has accused the English Schools Foundation of failing to communicate with parents for two years and ignoring their calls for an end to fee rises. The ESF ... board and parents' committee in June. The move comes after Ron Abbott, chairman of the Overseas Inspectors Association, snubbed an invitation to meet ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay ...

  4. ESF closing on last hurdle

    Posted Dec 09th 2006, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... executive Heather Du Quesnay said the ESF had secured a member to propose the ordinance, which includes substantial changes to the governance of the ESF, as a private member's bill. The identity of the member will be revealed when the bill is gazetted. This week, at what is expected to be the ESF's last annual general meeting, Ms Du Quesnay said the ESF had received a legal ...

  5. ESF enlists journalist's help in video bid to win over parents on fees

    Posted Feb 07th 2011, 12:00am by Simon Parry

    ... Simon Parry The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is reaching out to parents via video about the touchy subject of its finances and fee increases. Not all are convinced. The foundation posted on its website a video in which veteran journalist Stephen Vines interviews ESF board of governors treasurer Samuel Poon, chief financial officer Vivian Cheung and chief executive Heather ...

  6. ESF expects government subsidy to stay

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in a review of funding arrangements for the body. ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay says she is optimistic the annual contribution of HK$283.4 million will remain, despite suggestions last year ... contentious. While the ESF wants government support to be increased after being frozen for a decade, the government hinted when it launched the review of funding arrangements that phasing ...

  7. ESF letter restarts campaign for funding

    Posted Dec 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... their support for continued government funding. Meanwhile, a senior ESF official said the Education Bureau had not shown support for the English-language schools to take in more students from the local community, a move that could alleviate pressure on international schools. In a letter sent yesterday to 13,000 parents, ESF chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing said talks with government officials had ...

  8. Colonial attitude at ESF means stakeholders' views are ignored

    Posted Jan 27th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan has referred to the English Schools Foundation as a leftover from the colonial past. Within the organisation most stakeholders argue that the ESF is not a colonial ... are supposedly discussed, and a constantly growing management team, the ESF is still managed within a colonial framework built on an autocratic management style. It now has an ordinance which is supposed ...

  9. ESF chief riles parents with 'customers' tag

    Posted Oct 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Lana Lam

    ... Lana Lam Parents have criticised the chief executive of the English Schools Foundation for labelling them 'customers', reigniting tensions between the ESF and two parent groups who have criticised it for lacking transparency. The ESF runs, with government subsidies, 21 private primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. Heather du Quesnay made the comments on RTHK ...

  10. 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 ...




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