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  1. Comment - Debates

    SCMP Debate: is English Schools Foundation worth its government subvention?

    Posted Oct 15th 2012, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... Join the debate by leaving your comments below. The English Schools Foundation has long pleaded for more money from the government, having seen its government subvention of HK$283 million ... the foundation should take and whether it is worth more government cash. Q1 Should the government continue or increase its HK$283 million subvention for the English Schools Foundation? Q2 What role can ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    End subvention debate so ESF can move on

    Posted Nov 21st 2012, 12:00am by HEATHER DU QUESNAY

    ... was unilaterally abandoned by the government 12 years ago and repeated arguments by the champions of ESF have failed to move three governments since then. So we have a subvention calculated by reference ... Heather Du Quesnay Heather Du Quesnay says that, above all, the ESF needs clarity on its financial future, to allow it to move on and bring to an end the debilitating subvention debate ...

  3. ESF deserves a swift review of subvention

    Posted Mar 07th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will be lost, however, on ESF parents, who have learned that the 10-year freeze on the foundation's government subvention will continue, pending the outcome of a fresh review. As a result, ... diversity elitist and increasingly inaccessible. The government stands accused of a lack of vision in its budget and subsequent U-turn- the review of the ESF subvention is a chance to show it. ...

  4. Issue of ESF subvention can no longer be ignored

    Posted Mar 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the government subvention to the ESF has been nominally frozen- but effectively declining- over the past decade. The subvention has become the proverbial big elephant in the room that no one wants ... to raise their fees. But the foundation appears afraid to reopen negotiations over subvention because there is no guarantee the government will be sympathetic. Officials are content with the status ...

  5. Business - Money - ECONOMY

    Why Hong Kong’s latest No 1 ranking was greeted with silence

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 11:51am by Stephen Vines

    ... Kong tops a world comparison table: first comes a flurry of self-congratulatory articles, and then there will be a smug government statement to the effect that this confirms whatever ... of government-abetted cartels and monopolistic practices are not hard to identify. Thus everyone doing business in Hong Kong knows they tend to pay extortionate amounts in rent because the property market is so ...

  6. Guide aims to promote good governance

    Posted Jul 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Raymond Ma The government's Efficiency Unit has published a guide aimed at providing subvented organisations with a reference to evaluate their corporate governance standards. ... administration of the Sports Subvention Scheme last year. The previous year, auditors found deficiencies in the Consumer Council's corporate governance practices. Among other issues, ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Decision to end ESF subsidy a lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... higher as the government phases out the public subsidy. But you would expect that. The die was cast once the Education Bureau announced it would phase out the current subsidy. You want to know ... to charge high fees and million-dollar debentures on a par with other international schools. The government can claim it is helping to boost international school places without lifting a finger. ...

  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

    ... should scrap its new HK$500,000 charge to reserve a place at its schools or lose its government subvention, parents say. The government is due to make a decision soon on whether to continue its ... Ka-shing, has urged the government to raise the subvention level to that of direct subsidy scheme (DSS) schools. Until 2000-2001, the subvention was about 30 per cent of the ESF's income, Tong ...

  9. ESF expects government subsidy to stay

    Posted Apr 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Linda Yeung linda.yeung@scmp.com The government's subvention for the English Schools Foundation is expected to stay in place for at least another year, despite the lack of progress ... it would be phased out. The foundation, which runs 21 schools, is preparing to work out next year's fees based on the assumption government support will continue. The subvention has long been ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    End of ESF as the affordable choice for Hong Kong's middle class

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 01:42pm by Kent Ewing

    ... government can no longer live. As the blinkered official argument goes, the government subvention that has kept ESF fees significantly lower than those at the best international schools amounts ... its upper-class snootiness years ago when many local families, dissatisfied with the beleaguered local educational system, took advantage of the government subvention and enrolled ...




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