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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. No easy options for the ESF dilemma

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Negotiations between the government and the English Schools Foundation are going nowhere. The government wants to let go of the ESF, if not now then eventually. The ESF, however, wants to stay with increased public funding. Either outcome is acceptable. In the first case, ESF institutions would become fully-fledged independent international schools. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/985952/no-easy-options-esf-dilemma
  7. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF chief Heather Du Quesnay to retire with no solution to subsidy row

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Phila Siu

    ... HK$284 million-a-year subsidy. An ESF spokeswoman confirmed Du Quesnay would leave after her contract ends in August. The spokeswoman stressed it had nothing to do with parents' ... it will phase out the subsidy, or subvention, to the ESF, which has been in place since the ESF was established by the government in 1967. Parents have criticised ESF's management for failing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1080271/esf-chief-heather-du-quesnay-retire-no-solution-subsidy-row
  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's native-speaking English teacher scheme needs an overhaul

    Posted May 09th 2014, 02:53am by Philip Yeung

    ... of fresh air. For the first time, the ESF's head is reaching out to local schools by offering to share its proven pedagogy and best practices. The government should take her up on the offer, with native English teachers perhaps being the go-between. In return, it should rescind its decision to phase out the ESF subsidy, which may price out many mid-level expatriates attracted ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1507455/hong-kongs-native-speaking-english-teacher-scheme-needs
  9. 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
  10. Bureau to restart ESF funding talks after 6-year pause

    Posted Dec 12th 2010, 12:00am by Liz Heron

    ... appropriate time' for a review of the ESF's subvention, which was withdrawn amid rancour over dysfunctional operational procedures and financial mismanagement. The announcement was welcomed ... schools. 'Given that the ESF has established its board of governors and various committees and has also by now put in place a series of reform measures under its governance structure, we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/733174/bureau-restart-esf-funding-talks-after-6-year-pause

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