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  1. ESF schools contribute to international character of city

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Schools Foundation in order to ensure that there are enough affordable places for local and expatriate children. The ESF offers an international education at fees lower than the norm ... attended ESF schools for 11 years, I appreciate the quality of its education and how it contributes to the internationalisation of Hong Kong. The presence of expatriate children (whom Ms Sze ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Subsidise and reform the English Schools Foundation

    Posted Nov 10th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... from expatriate and local parents. It is time the bureau articulated a coherent approach to an issue that bears on the city's capacity to attract talent and therefore its competitiveness. ... could be given more curriculum freedom in order to attract expatriate parents and local families who have turned their backs on their own school system. That would provide more affordable choice ...

  3. ESF debate merits a conclusion soon

    Posted Dec 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... expatriate and Chinese parents who have turned their backs on the local school system but that would need to be followed by efforts to address wider issues. These issues have been put in perspective ... has developed local schools that are an acceptable alternative to international schools for expatriates. He contrasted that with Hong Kong's direct subsidy schools, which receive more ...

  4. Few places for poorer expats

    Posted May 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... cultures to explore, and a lot safer than most major cities in the world. If you are fortunate enough to be an expatriate on a full package of benefits provided by your employer, then life probably ... education for their children. Expatriate families whose children do not speak Cantonese, and their local counterparts and who do not want to put their children through the highly competitive local ...

  5. Without school places, we lose out

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government should continue to subsidise the English Schools Foundation. The ESF and many international schools have long waiting lists. Set up with expatriate communities in mind, their demographics ... and temporary places have been handed to nine others. It is not clear whether this will meet expatriate and local demand. There has to be better planning. If Hong Kong is to attract the best foreign ...

  6. ESF debate should set the ball rolling

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of British expatriates. It was subsidised like government schools and also permitted to charge fees. Nowadays more than 65 per cent of its students' parents are permanent residents and half its ... parents to withdraw their children. But would that be in Hong Kong's best interests, since they would include expatriates and returnees who contribute to Hong Kong's vibrant diversity ...

  7. Deadlock over subsidy leaves E.S.F. in limbo

    Posted Mar 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... for 1,000 places. Tong added that he was open to discussions with the government on helping to tackle the issue of an inadequate number of international school places for expatriate families. Currently, 70 per cent of the students at ESF schools have at least one parent who is a permanent resident. The ESF has no fixed quota on the intake of expatriate or local students. The main ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    New ESF debenture scheme will hit middle classes hardest

    Posted Sep 13th 2012, 12:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Kong's education system". The government would also take into consideration needs of expatriates' children in Hong Kong, and continue to hold discussions with the ESF. "We noticed ...

  9. Vacant schools earmarked to go international

    Posted Jun 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is in response to reports that the lack of international school places has made Hong Kong a less-preferred destination for expatriates looking to relocate. Last year, almost 5,000 children were ...

  10. Education policy failure cannot be outsourced

    Posted May 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... of an increasingly pluralistic society? Which parents does this directive address? Does it serve to reassure local parents that there will be no influx of expatriate children inundating DSS schools? ...




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