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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. 

Exclusive: ESF warns school fees may rise from next year

Carlson Tong

The English Schools Foundation warned yesterday of big fee rises for new pupils as early as September after the government insisted it would phase out its annual HK$284 million subsidy.

Thursday, 8 November, 2012, 7:24am 6 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 8, 2012

Lu Ping has criticised some protesters. Photo: SCMP

Former top official being unfair to city

Comments made by Lu Ping, former director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, are unfair to the city ("Love China or leave it, says Lu Ping", November 1).

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

Letters to the Editor, November 7, 2012

Lung Mei will have an artificial beach. Photo: Sam Tsang

Why ESF cannot adopt local system

I refer to the report (“ESF warned over local curriculum”, November 1).

I feel that by suggesting the English Schools Foundation follow the local curriculum in order to benefit from the government subvention, the secretary for education is missing the point of the purpose of the ESF in Hong Kong.

7 Nov 2012 - 1:57am

ESF must provide local curriculum, Eddie Ng says


The English Schools Foundation must introduce a local rather than international curriculum if it wants to keep its subvention, Education Secretary Eddie Ng Hak-kim told Legco yesterday.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:14pm 4 comments

Former lawmaker has flawed views on local education

Former lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong.

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

Letters to the Editor, October 16, 2012

Staff turnover at hospitals is now down. Photo: Felix Wong

Public medics' efforts are appreciated

I refer to the letter of Dr Jason Brockwell ("Wrong diagnosis in editorial's prescription for doctor shortage", October 9).

16 Oct 2012 - 3:56am 1 comment

Parents attack ESF's HK$500,000 school place reservation fee

Parents wishing to reserve a place will have to pay a non-refundable HK$500,000 debenture for each child. Photo: David Wong

The English Schools Foundation should scrap its new HK$500,000 charge to reserve a place at its schools or lose its government subvention, parents say.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:05am 9 comments

SCMP Debate: is English Schools Foundation worth its government subvention?

SCMP Debate

The English Schools Foundation has long pleaded for more money from the government, having seen its government subvention of HK$283 million frozen for a decade. Its announcement last month of the introduction of a HK$500,000 debenture charge to reserve a place prompted outrage.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:23am 3 comments

Letters to the Editor, September 24, 2012

Hongkongers should not waste mooncakes. Photo: Bloomberg

Hoping cool heads prevail in dispute

The local media is full of articles about who has rightful ownership of the rocks south of Japan [the Diaoyus/Senkakus].

Chinese nationalists are passionate in their claims regarding these rocks.

I wonder if Beijing sees this issue as its "Falkland Islands moment". If so, this is a major concern for the region.

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

Letters to the Editor, September 22, 2012

Difficult times for the Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: AFP

HK people will resist erosion of their rights

During her tearful interview on Cable TV on September 7, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor seemed perplexed by the attitude of the Hong Kong people towards the government and its officials.

The explanation is fairly straightforward.

22 Sep 2012 - 3:18am

Time to reform English Schools Foundation system

The distinction between the English Schools Foundation and private international schools is becoming ever more blurred. Annual ESF fee increases have left parents feeling there is not much difference.

19 Sep 2012 - 2:27am

No justification for ESF debenture plan

The ESF introduces a non-refundable debenture for each local or expatriate child to gain priority admission to 150 places out of more than 1,000 available every year.

Here is a question I often ask my students. Imagine you are the president of Harvard University and someone says he will donate US$50 million if you accept his son. Let's just say that his son is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But with US$50 million, you could give some 250 qualified, talented, low-income students a free ride. Would you do it?

19 Sep 2012 - 2:27am 2 comments

HK$500,000 schools debenture scheme slammed for favouring rich

Lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen

The English Schools Foundation's new debenture scheme, which will charge parents HK$500,000 to reserve a school place for their children, has been criticised for unfairly favouring rich students over the poor.

14 Sep 2012 - 10:01am 8 comments

HK$500,000 to reserve place in Hong Kong's English schools

Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The English Schools Foundation has introduced a new debenture scheme seeking HK$500,000 to reserve a place - a sum almost 10 times the maximum amount specified in its former corporate scheme.

13 Sep 2012 - 7:21pm 4 comments

English may be the language of peace

In place of national education, the government should design and launch a multi-year programme with the express mission to create a world-class English-language education for local schools on top of their Chinese-language curriculum. Photo: Dennis Fung

As a question of fairness, the government should mandate the introduction of national education in English Schools Foundation and international schools as well. Why should expatriate and westernised local children be deprived of the opportunity to learn about China, which is, after all, on everyone's lips?

Calm down, just kidding! Don't rip my heart out!

9 Sep 2012 - 7:34am