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  1. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Spend ESF subsidy on children with special needs, says foundation boss

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... on special education' The government could strengthen education for children with special needs by reallocating the annual HK$283 million subsidy it will remove from the English Schools ... Sarah Roe is a purpose-built international school for children aged five to 19 with severe learning difficulties. Greer said Sarah Roe and other support centres had an average of 100 children ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466520/reallocate-subsidy-improve-special-needs-schooling-esf-chief-says
  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF boss hoping to build bridges with the local education sector

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... parents choose ESF schools not only because they provide education in English, but also because they want their children to have "a different educational experience from the one ... believes the ESF could offer some lessons in different ways to engage children in learning. It is also important to look beyond academic excellence and to equip children with important skills ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1466514/esf-boss-hoping-build-bridges-local-education-sector
  3. Comment - Letters

    Colonial attitude towards education

    Posted Nov 24th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... this city to change to suit him or her. I am a NET and a former member of Nesta. I am also a mother of two children. One is in the local school system and the other soon will be. Certainly, I would love my children to attend an English Schools Foundation school or any international school but the fact is, that is a privilege of the "moneyed elite" as Ms Chapman described, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1089522/colonial-attitude-towards-education
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Education officials failing Hong Kong children

    Posted Jun 10th 2013, 12:00am by Mike Rowse

    ... Mike Rowse Mike Rowse questions decisions on issues including ESF subvention Education officials going out of their way to fail children I have begun to wonder whether the Education Bureau ... their dream of ending it altogether. Yet, no one has made a case to explain why all children of permanent Hong Kong residents should not enjoy the same level of subsidy, irrespective of whether ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1257184/education-officials-failing-hong-kong-children
  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

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

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

    ... to families seeking an English-medium education for their children. “The ESF has a very strong position and tradition in Hong Kong. I really don’t want ESF to lose [that], to become another group ... Video: New chief vows English Schools Foundation will stay affordable Set up by the British colonial government in the 1960s to provide English-language schooling for the children of civil servants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1359426/esfs-new-chief-executive-belinda-greer-looks-boost
  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Legco on ESF subsidy: why didn't you ask us?

    Posted Jul 10th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... schools turning into Harrow [International School]?" Chan, whose four children attend ESF schools, said the decision removed an affordable choice of English-medium education, damaging ... of the Civic Party, agreed international schools could not replace ESF schools because they targeted specific groups of students. She said her children had gone to the French International School, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1278991/legco-esf-why-didnt-you-ask-us
  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Overpricing English-medium schools could hurt Hong Kong's future, say critics

    Posted Jul 28th 2013, 12:00am by Linda Yeung

    ... sending his children back to his native Poland for their education. Both his daughters, aged seven and 12, attend the financially troubled Discovery College. Faced with the need to repay ... rising fees. Parents whose children begin studying at the four kindergartens, five secondary and nine primary schools run by the ESF after 2016 will find the fees much higher than they are now ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/family-education/article/1292188/overpricing-english-medium-schools-could-hurt-citys
  8. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF board votes to end HK$283m schools subsidy

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... the deal on the table was the best settlement it could achieve as it ensured the subsidy would remain in place for all children currently in the system. ESF chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing said: "We believe that resolving the uncertainty about the subvention is in the best interests of ESF and our children's education, and it is in that spirit that we have made ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1263822/esf-board-votes-end-hk283m-schools-subsidy
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Education funding policy flies in the face of fairness

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... to reserve up to 150 places in each year's intake. Now it is considering allowing companies to pay to reserve places for their employees' children. Neither measure will stem fee rises ... children of resident families, or local families who choose to educate their children in English in the international sector. That would seem to fly in the face of Hong Kong's best interests, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1258743/education-funding-policy-flies-face-fairness
  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

    Posted Jun 19th 2013, 12:00am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... of results that we are producing, I think it's good value for money and I believe that parents will think that too." Parents of children starting Year 1 at ESF schools in 2016 are likely ... no choice but to look for other schools". She suggested that those parents take the time now to prepare their children for direct subsidy schools, which offer "a very high standard ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1263937/esf-should-boost-chinese-curriculum-says-departing-chief-executive

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