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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 should boost Putonghua lessons, says departing chief executive

Heather Du Quesnay. Photo: David Wong

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

Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 8:49am 22 comments

Decision to end ESF subsidy a lesson in Machiavellian ruthlessness

Carlson Tong, chairman of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) announced that government subvention for ESF schools will start phasing out in the school year 2016-17 at ESF office in Quarry Bay. Photo: Felix Wong

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 quandary requires Education Bureau to rethink policies

Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim. Photo: David Wong

The decision by the English Schools Foundation to end its long-standing admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese may come as a shock to many, but it is to be expected.

15 Feb 2013 - 4:18am 8 comments

ESF to end admission priority for non-Chinese speakers

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

The English Schools Foundation announced it will be ending its admissions priority for children who do not speak Chinese, in a move is likely to increase competition for expatriate children seeking to enrol at its primary schools.

5 Feb 2013 - 9:06am 21 comments

Skewed praise for ESF system

Students walk by the Island School. Photo: David Wong

I am a International Baccalaureate (IB) educator at an international school in Hong Kong and refer to Kelly Yang's column ("Eclectic avenue", November 14). She champions support for the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subvention by attributing ESF students' IB scores to the diversity of the student body.

29 Nov 2012 - 2:45am 2 comments

ESF hankers for public funding, despite Eddie Ng's comments

ESF still hopes for public funding.

The English Schools Foundation is banking on its strengths to secure continued public funding, despite the government's plan to phase out its HK$283 million annual subsidy.

21 Nov 2012 - 4:10am 15 comments

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

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.

8 Nov 2012 - 7:24am 6 comments

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


Treat new widows with consideration

I refer to the report ('Widow, 78, hid husband's death for 20 years to stay in home she loved', May 6). The harsh policies adopted by the Housing Authority in its treatment of new widows will have shocked many readers.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

Saturday's front page report 'ESF to impose HK$25,000 building levy' stated that ESF's chief executive Heather Du Quesnay said the levy would generate HK$300 million a year towards a building programme to replace ageing schools. In fact, she said it would generate HK$300 million, without specifying a time period.

1 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Talk back

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5 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Talk back

Q Is the rise in ESF school fees justifiable?

The fee rise is justifiable and long overdue. The ESF is a business and must be run as one if it is to continue as a provider of quality education with expansion plans.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am


Q Is the ESF pay scale proposal fair and necessary?

Recent letters on the subject of the ESF pay-scale proposals have displayed considerable emotion, including letters of criticism of the teachers by parents and one recently by a former student.

10 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Taskforce members quit in ESF row

Parents distance themselves from reform document after their version is rejected as 'inappropriate'

Three members of the English Schools Foundation's taskforce reviewing its governance and structure have resigned after a row over its final consultation document.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am