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Direct Subsidy Scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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