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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. 

Talking points

ESF board debates fee increases

ESF board debates fee increases

Tuesday, 21 May, 2013, 4:16am

ESF fees could rise 20pc as subsidy phases out

ESF boss Heather Du Quesnay. Photo: Edmond So

Fees for new students entering the English Schools Foundation from 2016 could be more than 20 per cent higher as the government phases out its decades-old subsidy for the foundation. The change is the result of drawn-out negotiations between the Education Bureau and the ESF, which officials have described as a "colonial legacy".

8 May 2013 - 7:04am 16 comments

A lesson for the pig-headed bureaucrats

Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education and Cherry Tse, Permanent Secretary for Education join about ten thousand students join World Book Day event and recite the works of Shakespeare in Hong Kong Stadium. Photo: Thomas Yau

The government says it wants Hong Kong to be an education hub and a world city but it simply refuses to consider simple changes to its school subsidy policy that would go a long way towards achieving those goals.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 27 comments

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

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Drug dealers selling more to ESF school students in Hong Kong: police

Police have warned of "an alarming increase" in drug dealers who sell to schoolchildren - in particular, those at English School Foundation (ESF) schools.

16 Apr 2013 - 12:34am 11 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 6, 2013

Chimpanzees are at serious risk from poachers. Photo: AP

The proposal to build a sports complex at the Kai Tak site has proved to be controversial. I think if a new sports complex is to be constructed in Hong Kong, the location should be changed.

6 Apr 2013 - 4:02am 30 comments

Letters to the Editor, April 2, 2013

Cars double parked in a street in Central. Photo: David Wong

The description in Jose Chan's letter ("Policyholders worse off with proposed insurance authority", March 28) distorts our proposals. One of the purposes of establishing the new authority is to enhance protection of policyholders.

2 Apr 2013 - 3:45am 15 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 28, 2013

An official sticker promoting the idling ban. Photo: Nora Tam

The Hong Kong Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance was implemented on December 15, 2011. It makes it illegal to idle your engine for more than three minutes from that date, subject to a fixed fine of HK$320.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am 3 comments

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.

26 Mar 2013 - 6:01am 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 25, 2013

Pope Francis takes charge of a Vatican in crisis. Photo: AFP

John Charleston writes that North Korea is "safe" from American influence thanks to its military strength and nuclear weapons programme, while suggesting that the "right-wing" South China Morning Post is partly responsible for public opinion of the North Korean regime.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:37am

Anger over 'disastrous' plan to raise ESF fees

Heather Du Quesnay

The English Schools Foundation's fee-rise plan has upset parents and prompted lawmakers to question its cost structure. Native English (NET) teacher Perry Bayer, whose son is studying at West Island School, said the increase of up to 5.9 per cent for most ESF schools was "disastrous" for families with young children, given the city's high rents. "They may start thinking whether they can put their children through primary and secondary levels," he said. 

21 Mar 2013 - 4:05am 2 comments

Parents hit again as ESF raises fees by up to 5.9pc

ESF's Island School on Borrett Road, Mid-Levels. Photo: KY Cheng

The English Schools Foundation will raise its fees by up to 5.9 per cent as negotiations drag on over the size of the subsidy it receives from the government. In a letter to parents yesterday, the ESF's chief executive, Heather Du Quesnay, said the increase was necessary to cover a 3.5 per cent pay rise for staff and the cost of improving services. Some parents complained that the fee rises were unaffordable.

21 Mar 2013 - 8:59am 14 comments

Letters to the Editor, March 12, 2013

Hugo Chavez ostracised his opponents. Photo: Bloomberg

The Spanish Constitutional Court recently ordered the release of Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo who is wanted in Hong Kong for offences relating to the embezzlement of funds entrusted to him by clients as a former partner of accountancy firm Grant Thornton.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:49pm 4 comments

'Educational apartheid' hitting expats

English Schools Foundation is criticised for promoting educational segregation. Photo: Edmond So

I agree with Mr Lam's argument about segregation in Hong Kong's education system, and would even go so far as saying that this city is currently plagued by an "educational apartheid".

5 Mar 2013 - 10:57am 26 comments

Letters to the Editor, February 19, 2013

Pull-up ads like this abound on the streets. Photo: David Wong

The English Schools Foundation's intended change of its admission system is procedural and not substantive. ("ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers", February 5).

19 Feb 2013 - 5:26am 27 comments