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  • Dec 21, 2014
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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. 

Introduce a voucher system to settle the ESF funding debate

No grants for ESF schools, says Eddie Ng.

The Hong Kong government's education funding policy is in a mess. It's time to tear it up and start again.

Friday, 1 February, 2013, 3:13pm 4 comments

ESF schoolboy, 16, gets 12-month bond after hitting taxi in dad's car

Fahim Khan, 16, hit a taxi while joyriding. Photo: David Wong

A schoolboy who took his father's company car for a joyride and hit a parked taxi in Pok Fu Lam has received a year's probation.

Fahim Khan, a 16-year-old pupil at the English Schools Foundation's West Island School, was also ordered not to drive any vehicle for two years.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:12pm 1 comment

Education chief spells out stance on subject of ESF

Eddie Ng

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim claims he had no intention of forcing the English Schools Foundation to adopt a local curriculum like the Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE).

However, Ng suggested at a Legco hearing late last month that the ESF's recurrent funding, or subvention, should be cut because it offered students only an international curriculum.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:41am 5 comments

Why ESF subsidy being phased out

If there is any subvention to the ESF, it would all be based on the new and unique role of the ESF, if any.

I refer to the report ("ESF must provide local curriculum, Eddie Ng says", November 1) and your editorial ("Subsidise and reform the ESF", November 10).

19 Nov 2012 - 3:23am

Letters to the Editor, November 18, 2012

CLP's solar panels on Town Island. Photo: David Wong

Hard-working expats add vitality to city

In his column Jake van der Kamp says expatriates who can't afford to send their children to an expensive international school should go home ("ESF sense of entitlement an antiquated school of thought", November 11). Hong Kong would lose nothing, he says.

I have no children, but I beg to differ.

18 Nov 2012 - 3:49am

'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

ESF is part of what makes Hong Kong a success

One of the cardinal rules of education is "if something's working, leave it alone".

One of the cardinal rules of education is "if something's working, leave it alone". Last year, ESF's South Island School students attained one of the highest International Baccalaureate (IB) results in Hong Kong - an average 36.2 points versus the worldwide average of 31.9.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:15am 10 comments

Hong Kong parents seek alternatives to local schools

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Students in Hong Kong's public school system continue to rack up strong results in international assessments. But that's not enough to stop a growing number of local parents seeking schools that offer something different.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:13pm 2 comments

ESF chief Heather Du Quesnay to retire with no solution to subsidy row

Heather Du Quesnay

The chief executive of the English Schools Foundation, Heather Du Quesnay, will leave her post next year at a time when the foundation is struggling to press the government to continue its HK$284 million-a-year subsidy.

12 Nov 2012 - 5:31am 3 comments

Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain for the public purse?

Harrow School was given an interest-free loan. Photo: Nora Tam

There's been far too much harmony in these pages lately. Jake van der Kamp and Monitor have agreed about almost everything recently, including what a lousy idea the government's new property taxes are.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:15am 6 comments

ESF debate boils down to what's fair

What is fair for the permanent resident parents of children studying in international and ESF schools?

Education Minister Eddie Ng Hak-kim is coming close to a decision on the English Schools Foundation subvention. It is always a good thing when a minister is prepared to make a decision. Unfortunately, it seems that, in this case, Ng is on the verge of making the wrong one.

7 Jun 2013 - 11:49am 4 comments

ESF sense of entitlement an antiquated school of thought

Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Chairman of English Schools Foundation.

The ESF was established to provide an affordable international education for students whose home country was not necessarily Asia and whose mother tongue was not Cantonese. By freezing the subvention the government has forced the ESF to increase fees to a point where it is now a struggle for ordinary expat families to educate their children here.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am 12 comments

Subsidise and reform the English Schools Foundation

ESF chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing

A business leader has issued a fresh warning about the negative impact on the city of a shortage of international school places. His comments were prompted by an admission from Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim that the city faces a shortfall of 4,200 international primary places by 2016.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am 7 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 9, 2012

Plight of Rohingya Muslims cannot be ignored. Photo: AFP

Turn this tide of gambling addiction

More casinos are opening up in Macau. It has evolved over a few decades from being a small colonial city to a major centre of gambling.

The main reason these casinos have decided to launch operations there is because they want to benefit from China having the world's second largest economy.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:13am 3 comments

English Schools Foundation seeks subsidies for 1,000 new pupils

Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Chairman of English Schools Foundation

The English Schools Foundation is asking the government to subsidise more than 1,000 children expected to be enrolled next year, after education authorities insisted on phasing out its annual HK$284 million subsidy.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:40am 1 comment