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  1. 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
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Spend ESF subsidy on children with special needs, says foundation boss

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Head of English Schools Foundation urges targeted reallocation of its HK$283 million subsidy government is about to withdraw 'Spend ESF cash ... Foundation, ESF chief executive Belinda Greer says. "There is a real need to strengthen that across Hong Kong," Greer said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. She ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466520/reallocate-subsidy-improve-special-needs-schooling-esf-chief-says
  3. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF boss hoping to build bridges with the local education sector

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Belinda Greer believes group can introduce a fresh and holistic approach to teaching ESF boss hoping to build bridges within local education sector ... between local, ESF and international schools. "We do feel a responsibility beyond just our own schools," Greer says. "We feel that we can really strengthen Hong Kong." Many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466514/esf-boss-hoping-build-bridges-local-education-sector
  4. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF explores cost-cutting, profit-making measures to cope with loss of government subsidy

    Posted Mar 29th 2014, 02:58am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com ESF explores how to cut costs and make profits The English Schools Foundation is looking into ways to cut costs and generate more income to cope with the loss of its government subsidy from 2016, its chief executive officer says. The ESF may shift professional training sessions in other countries back to its own centres in Hong Kong to save ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1459802/esf-explores-cost-cutting-profit-making-measures-cope-loss-government
  5. Comment - Letters

    Why ESF subsidy being phased out

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... ESF no different from other international schools in Hong Kong I refer to the report ("ESF must provide local curriculum, Eddie Ng says", November 1) and your editorial ("Subsidise and reform the ESF", November 10). While schools operating under the English Schools Foundation are required to operate in compliance with the relevant ordinances and regulations, we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1085665/why-esf-subsidy-being-phased-out
  6. 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
  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    English Schools Foundation parents call on Hong Kong chief executive to probe fee rises

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 02:33pm by Shirley Zhao and Ng Kang-chung

    ... Shirley Zhao and Ng Kang-chung ESF parents urge probe of fee rises English Schools Foundation parents urged Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to look personally into an average 5 per cent ... the increase was to cope with inflation, a 3.5 per cent pay rise for teachers and building costs. But parent Hans Ladegaard said annual fee rises by the ESF- the largest provider of English-medium ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1459197/parents-face-59-english-school-foundation-fee-hike
  8. 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
  9. Comment - Letters

    What's being said on scmp.com

    Posted May 25th 2014, 04:29am by LETTERS

    ... On report, "Three governors quit ESF board over soaring school fees as subsidy is axed", May 21: HK-Explorer- I believe every parent is aware that with the cutting of the government subsidy fees will go up. Even with the subsidy fees were going up. I don't agree with a non-refundable building levy though. Just include all money required in the monthly fees, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1519413/whats-being-said-scmpcom
  10. 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

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