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  1. 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
  2. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    ESF's new chief executive Belinda Greer looks to boost efficiency

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com With a looming subsidy cut and mounting calls for more accountability, the ESF's new chief executive vows to clean house, writes Linda Yeung Past tense, future conditional When the Education Bureau announced in June that subsidies to the English Schools Foundation would be phased out from 2016, it seemed inevitable that the ESF would turn ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359426/esfs-new-chief-executive-belinda-greer-looks-boost
  3. 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
  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Discovery College sizes up new ESF chief as school fees rise- again

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 08:42am by Linda Yeung

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com A wary welcome from embattled college Three months into the new school year, parents at Discovery College on Lantau are still paying fees at last year's levels, having blocked a 7.6 per cent rise. That changes next mo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359455/discovery-college-sizes-new-esf-chief-school-fees-rise
  5. Sport - Rugby

    Where are the local Chinese players of the future?

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:03pm by Alvin Sallay

    ... youth rugby is very much still dependent on the ESF and international schools for players, as demonstrated by the selection of the squad in this IRB tournament. We can only hope ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/rugby/article/1475703/where-are-local-chinese-players-future
  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

    New ESF chief Belinda Greer vows to watch the pennies

    Posted Oct 31st 2013, 04:24am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Belinda Greer says she will draw on experience with cash-strapped Scottish schools to help cope with loss of government money New ESF chief vows to watch ... executive says. To that end, the ESF may stop recruiting replacements for some departing staff members, Belinda Greer said yesterday at her first meeting with the media since she took over last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1343913/new-esf-chief-belinda-greer-vows-watch-pennies
  8. 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
  9. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1023846/english-schools-foundation-deserves-grand-bargain-funding
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Dennis Chong

    ... Dennis Chong dennis.chong@scmp.com New scheme gives priority to staff and sibling connections and families who pay HK$500,000 'Outsiders' have slim hope of landing ESF places ... to the ESF or have paid a costly nomination rights fee. This is indicated by figures from the ESF, which announced on Monday that it would no longer give priority to non-Chinese-speakers and children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1144023/outsiders-have-slim-hope-landing-esf-places

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