Direct Subsidy Scheme

St Paul's Secondary School in Happy Valley to join Direct Subsidy Scheme

St Paul's will gain more autonomy, some say at a cost to less well-off students, whose families will struggle to pay fees. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

One more school has applied to join the Education Bureau's Direct Subsidy Scheme, according to the bureau, despite the controversy stirred up by the St Stephen's Girls' College plan to convert to the scheme.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 3:34am

Parents split over St Stephen's plan to turn to Direct Subsidy Scheme

St Stephen's Girls' College

Some criticised the St Stephen's plan as lacking in transparency, while others supported the initiative. Both groups have written to Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim and permanent secretary Cherry Tse Ling Kit-ching.

8 May 2013 - 5:13am

New school ties

YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College in Tung Chung.

An international school or English Schools Foundation (ESF) education is usually the default choice for expatriate families in Hong Kong. But this may not be the case for much longer.

30 Apr 2013 - 9:49am 6 comments

DSS holds key to English study places

Diocesan Boys' School, like many other DSS schools, offers an international/non-local curriculum. Photo: Nora Tam

While expatriate families are requesting the government provides more international school places for their children (who do not speak Chinese and therefore cannot attend local schools), many local schools actually have high potential to meet the demand.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 3 comments

Clarity at last on future of the ESF

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

The die is cast. ESF schools are international schools. As such, government funding will be phased out. That's the gist of education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim's letter to the Post yesterday to clarify a major gaffe he made in Legco this month.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:08am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, November 16, 2012

The infamous and pricey 39 Conduit Road. Photo: Sam Tsang

Stop the rot in Han Suyin's old haunt

News of writer Han Suyin's death brought back fading memories of her haunts in Mid-Levels that are no longer what they used to be.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am 1 comment

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

After an unforgivably long period of dithering by successive education secretaries, it seems that the government is determined to phase out public funding for the English Schools Foundation. For many parents who aspire to send their children to ESF schools, this is worrying news. For those with an intense dislike of the organisation, Christmas seems to have come early.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am 16 comments

Former lawmaker has flawed views on local education

Former lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong.

Cheung Man-kwong, a former lawmaker experienced in politicking for "democracy" and a local teachers' union, shows his true colours in the SCMP debate on public subvention for the English Schools Foundation (October 15).

23 Oct 2012 - 3:05am

63 more schools plan to raise fees

Erik Dierks

More parents at international and direct subsidy schools face single-digit percentage rises in tuition fees this year if the Education Bureau approves their applications for higher charges.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:47am 1 comment

English Schools Foundation deserves a grand bargain on funding

English Schools Foundation deserves a grand bargain on funding

The English Schools Foundation has asked parents to lobby Legco election candidates to back an increase in government financial support after years of a funding freeze. They have a strong case. It's time to integrate ESF schools into the Direct Subsidy Scheme, thereby making them part of the local system instead of continuing a colonial legacy.

31 Aug 2012 - 10:20pm

Work out the societal returns of ESF subsidy - then decide if it's worth it

Education is always said to be a priority for Hong Kong governments; perhaps for the new administration of Leung Chun-ying it really will be.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Education policy failure cannot be outsourced

The Supreme Court of India recently upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act that was passed in 2009, which requires both public and private schools to reserve 25per cent of places for children from low-income families.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bid to raise fees at nine direct subsidy schools

At least a tenth of the city's semi-private direct subsidy schools aim to raise fees for the next academic year.

The Education Bureau says that of Monday, 24 of the roughly 80 such schools have informed it about their fee plans. Nine have applied to increase their fees, while 15 will leave them unchanged.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

High-risk investment ban on subsidy scheme schools

Education authorities have banned the city's semi-autonomous Direct Subsidy Scheme schools from investing in property and high-risk stocks under a set of tough new measures announced yesterday.

18 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Flexible policy could help ease pressure for places at city's international schools

Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS) schools can help ease the burden on oversubscribed international schools if Education Bureau policy is interpreted more flexibly.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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