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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. ESF must justify discrimination against Cantonese speakers

    Posted Apr 11th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The headline of Fiona Bishop's letter ('Majority of ESF students are local', April 4) raises the question about what percentage of ESF's so-called 'local' ... of the ESF's intake) been offered the ESF's subsidised places at the expense of local Cantonese speakers? Ms Bishop's observation, that 'there is a higher ratio of Asian to western ...

  6. 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 ...

  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 ...

  8. 'No immediate plans' to cut ESF's subsidy

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chen Wei-on gave an assurance that any decision on ESF would not be carried out hastily. 'We have no plan to immediately cancel ESF funding at this stage,' Chen told legislators at a Legco meeting to discuss the ESF. His promise came days after the government submitted a paper to the lawmakers, suggesting a gradual shift in the ESF's funding towards 'eventual ...

  9. Time to sing goodbye

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun With four English Schools Foundation alumni making it into the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens squad this year, the ESF has plenty of reason to celebrate. But their most audible- and certainly most lyrical- presence will be turning out on Sunday. A chorus of a thousand ESF primary school children will sing before the finals are played and an ESF music teacher will sing ...

  10. ESF overhaul bill in Legco

    Posted Jun 30th 2007, 12:00am by Liz Gooch

    ... the ESF's 130-member foundation and executive committee with a 25-member board of governors. The board would consist of 10 independent members, seven parents, three ESF staff representatives, three school council members and two legislators. ESF spokesman Peter Craughwell said issues included the composition of the board and whether there was a need for Legco members. ...




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