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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    English Schools Foundation deserves a grand bargain on funding

    Posted Aug 28th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE ESF deserves grand bargain on funding The English Schools Foundation has asked parents to lobby Legco election candidates to back an increase in government financial support after years of a funding freeze. They have a strong case. It's time to integrate ESF schools into the Direct Subsidy Scheme, thereby making them part of the local system ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    'Local' ESF more at home in international system

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by Peter Craughwell

    ... Peter Craughwell Peter Craughwell says the ESF should have lobbied to be part of the Direct Subsidy Scheme for local schools but has instead chosen to behave more like its well-heeled ... Schools Foundation. For many parents who aspire to send their children to ESF schools, this is worrying news. For those with an intense dislike of the organisation, Christmas seems to have come ...

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    Clarity at last on future of the ESF

    Posted Nov 20th 2012, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Clarity at last on future of the ESF The die is cast. ESF schools are international schools. As such, government funding will be phased out. That's the gist ... on the English Schools Foundation. It's not one I endorse but it is one that probably most sides, except those who can't afford unsubsidised international schooling, could accept. The ESF ...

  4. A parent's woes

    Posted Jul 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Accountant Mr Law, who has a son in Year 7 at Sha Tin College, spoke to Crystal Chui 'Of course we are worried and deeply troubled by the fee rises. Many ESF parents are from the middle class. Our salary increases cannot cover the increasing costs. 'ESF parents are taxpayers, too, which means we are subsidising local aided schools as well as the Direct Subsidy Scheme ...

  5. Democrats call for new approach to ESF funding

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... in media debates on the ESF's future. Cheung Man-kwong, who represents the education constituency, said: 'We support the government continuing to subsidise the ESF [schools] because they have many local students studying in them. But we think it is better for the ESF to follow the DSS scheme, under which students are subsidised according to a unit cost. 'It would mean ...

  6. Praise and scorn for 'privileged' schools group

    Posted Mar 15th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... the continued perception of the ESF as a 'privileged' group of schools, with a number alluding to the fact that government subvention linked with autonomy over fees gave it an unfair advantage over both local and international schools. 'All along, the ESF has enjoyed a special status among schools in Hong Kong,' said Tsang Yok-sing, of the Democratic Alliance ...

  7. Work out the societal returns of ESF subsidy- then decide if it's worth it

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... that only students fortunate enough to gain a space in the ESF receive this financial support. Applied consistently, this becomes an argument for an educational voucher system of some sort, which is, regardless of the merits, an entirely different issue. Nonetheless, it cannot accurately be said that ESF parents have in all cases 'chosen' the ESF. The language barrier (for ...

  8. ESF digs in heels in subsidy battle

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com The chairman of the beleaguered English Schools Foundation (ESF) has vowed to fight until the end against public funding cuts, saying any outcome that would push it into deficit was unacceptable. With the the ESF facing the possibility it will lose its subsidy in the long term, Carlson Tong Ka-shing said he would only agree to a subsidy ...

  9. Comment - Letters

    Former lawmaker has flawed views on local education

    Posted Oct 23rd 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... true colours in the SCMP debate on public subvention for the English Schools Foundation (October 15). He counsels that as "we have given the ESF a lot of subsidies and land in very good locations for the building of its schools" it should "serve the people it is supposed to serve". Whom is ESF supposed to serve? It is mandated to serve, without racial or religious ...

  10. Bottom line is all about diversity

    Posted Dec 04th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Hong Kong, but is one that has a crucial bearing on funding for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) and the future development of the school system. As the government continues to press its case for withdrawing funding from the ESF and legislators have suggested putting ESF schools under the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS), it is imperative we think through the underlying issues. ...




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