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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. 

ESF parents mull taking loss of subsidy to court

A group of parents may seek a judicial review of the Education Bureau's decision to phase out a subsidy for the English Schools Foundation if the legislature passes the plan next month.

Sunday, 30 June, 2013, 5:07am 2 comments

ESF should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

Departing English Schools Foundation chief executive Heather Du Quesnay is encouraging her successor to consider developing a stronger Chinese curriculum.

Du Quesnay, who ends her term in July after eight years, said that by 2047, when the 50-year handover transition period ends, ESF students will need Putonghua at a high standard to make a living in Hong Kong.

19 Jun 2013 - 8:49am 22 comments

ESF board votes to end HK$283m schools subsidy

The English Schools Foundation agreed at a board meeting yesterday to accept a deal with the government which will see it lose its HK$283 million annual subsidy.

The board made the decision after reviewing e-mail messages from 22 parents and holding two parent-consultation meetings to which a total of 34 people turned up - most of whom wanted to keep the subsidy.

19 Jun 2013 - 5:25am 4 comments

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.

19 Jun 2013 - 5:25am

Talking points

ESF board delivers verdict on subvention

18 Jun 2013 - 2:06am 1 comment

The limits of Chinese parochialism

Three events in recent days have focused needed attention on the international roles of China and Hong Kong: President Xi Jinping's high-profile visit to the US, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's almost invisible visit to the US, and the case of ex-CIA operative Edward Snowden.

16 Jun 2013 - 2:25am 7 comments

Talking points

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14 Jun 2013 - 2:50am

Education funding policy flies in the face of fairness

The transformation of a uniquely Hong Kong institution into an elitist English-language educator is gathering pace. The English Schools Foundation has just revealed its latest move to make up for the progressive loss of its government subsidy from 2016. It had already introduced HK$500,000 non-refundable debentures to enable parents to reserve up to 150 places in each year's intake.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 2 comments

Parents fear ESF will pay high price for loss of subsidy

Withdrawal of the government subsidy from the English Schools Foundation could force some expatriate families out of Hong Kong and affect the calibre of students the ESF attracts, parents of current pupils said yesterday.

They expressed their concerns to foundation representatives at a closed-door meeting, even though their children will not be directly affected.

12 Jun 2013 - 4:12am 1 comment

Education officials failing Hong Kong children

I have begun to wonder whether the Education Bureau is still part of the government, or secretly declared independence when I wasn't looking. It certainly seems to be pursuing its own agenda.

10 Jun 2013 - 3:35am

ESF considers corporate scheme for school places

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) may launch a corporate nomination rights scheme to make up for its financial losses as the government gradually cuts its subsidy.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am 19 comments

Decision to end ESF subsidy a lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness

Shock and horror! Fees for schools under the English Schools Foundation from 2016 will be at least 23 per cent higher as the government phases out the public subsidy.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am 21 comments

ESF to keep funding for special needs services

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.

8 Jun 2013 - 4:16am 2 comments

Veteran UK educator Belinda Greer to replace Du Quesnay as ESF chief

A veteran British educator will replace Heather Du Quesnay as chief executive of the English Schools Foundation (ESF). Belinda Greer takes up the position on September 1, when Du Quesnay retires after eight years.

1 Jun 2013 - 3:38am 3 comments

Discovery College bows to fee push

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