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English Schools Foundation

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) operates five secondary schools, nine primary schools and a school for students with special educational needs across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. It is the largest international educational foundation in Asia. 

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ESF to keep funding for special needs services

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 June, 2013, 4:16am

As the biggest provider of English-medium primary and secondary education for students with special needs, the English Schools Foundation will retain government support for such services.

The government now gives HK$28.3 million a year to the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School and learning support centres in ESF schools.

The grant will continue despite the phasing out of the main funding pending a wider review of support for students with special needs.

While students with mild learning difficulties join mainstream classes, those with medium difficulties attend centres within ESF schools, and those with severe problems attend Sarah Roe.

There are 116 secondary and 84 primary places at the centres, while Sarah Roe School has 60 places for children aged five to 18.

ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay warned there was no guarantee the subsidy would continue and hoped the funding would be increased in recognition of the work.

Meanwhile, subject to legislative approval, the government will provide HK$270 million to re-build Island School. The grant is equal to 100 per cent of the cost of building a standard public school of the same size.



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As esf is going private
our legislators will have no justification for,
and shouldn't approve, the building grant
Better to invest the money elsewhere
for realistic minority education
ESF's problems started with Wisker, a teacher playing at being a businessperson, who took F anny Law's bait and went into the school construction business (DB and Renaissance). The ESF is a large business. Instead of employing the services of a business person with negotiating skills to run the organization, they brought in another teacher on a substantial salary 8 years ago. If her attitude to Government was the same arrogance as to parents committees it is understandable why little progress was made during her tenure. Now the ESF has appointed another teacher to replace Du Quesnay when ESF's future as a private for profit international school has been set in stone by the HK Government.


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