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Discovery College parents complain to Ombudsman over fee increases

Discovery College parents complain to Ombudsman over fee increases

Discovery College parents have complained to the Ombudsman over hefty fee increases imposed by the financially troubled school.

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 5:25am

Discovery College bows to fee push

Discovery College

Discovery College has reduced its proposed fee increases following opposition from parents, but pressure remains for the Education Bureau to look into its finances. Annual tuition fees at the Lantau Island private school will rise by 7.6 per cent instead of the previously announced 9.5 per cent for the coming year.

30 May 2013 - 4:03am 6 comments

Angry parents protest at Discovery College's hefty fee increase

Discovery College at Discovery Bay. Photo: May Tse

Parents at Discovery College angry about hefty fee increases have urged the Education Bureau to conduct an independent review of the school's finances. In a letter to Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim, about 150 parents warned of an exodus of pupils from the school after a proposed rise of 12 to 14 per cent in tuition fees and a non-refundable building levy for next year.

25 May 2013 - 5:03am 1 comment

Discovery College parents angry over ESF fee increase, levy

After the fee increase, the fees for Discovery College primary division are HK$91,100 to HK$121,900 for Year 7 to Year 11 and HK$123,200 for Year 12 to Year 13. Photo: May Tse

Parents at an English Schools Foundation private school have voiced their anger over a fee rise of nearly 10 per cent and a non-refundable building levy. Some say they will refuse to pay.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 7 comments

ESF seeks top teachers for long haul

Secondary school teachers are being sought by the English Schools Foundation (ESF) for the beginning of the new school year in September 2012. At ESF secondary schools, 43 positions are open, with an additional 22 vacancies in the foundation's two private independent schools.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

ESF school offers fast-track way in for HK$400,000

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) has angered parents by introducing a fast-track system for its private school in Discovery Bay, in which parents can get priority on the waiting list by agreeing to pay HK$400,000 if their child is accepted.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Parents want answers over ESF schools' HK$21m loss

How can the English Schools Foundation's two private independent schools sustain losses of HK$21.3 million without it having any impact on its 14 publicly-funded schools?

That is the question angry parents are asking, worried they have been 'indirectly but effectively subsidising' the colleges through fee increases over the past five years.

1 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

ESF chief admits levy could have been avoided

The head of the English Schools Foundation says the HK$25,000 levy being introduced next year could have been avoided if money had not been spent on building two private independent schools.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Parents fight funding for loss-making ESF colleges

A parents' group fighting to freeze rising fees is questioning the English Schools Foundation over funding for its loss-making private independent colleges.

29 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

ESF works to consolidate position

The English Schools Foundation is working hard to consolidate its position as Hong Kong's largest provider of high-quality international education after passing the main hurdles in the reform of its governance.

13 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

A diverse educational provider

From its origins as an educator for the children of wealthy British expatriates, to having schools in which almost half of the students are ethnically Chinese, today's English Schools Foundation has evolved into a diverse institution. With about 15,000 students, it remains the largest provider of English-medium education in the fee-paying sector.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Lantau's residents step up campaign

Discovery Bay parents have stepped up their campaign to secure priority for places at Discovery College, the new English Schools Foundation through-school.

About 120 parents this week took their complaints to Civic Party legislators Audrey Eu Yuet-mee and Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, and district councillor for Discovery Bay Amy Yung Wing-sheung.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

ESF up in arms over Disco Bay adverts

The English Schools Foundation claims the developer behind the Chianti residential development in Discovery Bay has used its newest school in its advertisements without seeking permission.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Where To Live: Discovery Bay


18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am