ESF - 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.
The English Schools Foundation is looking into ways to cut costs and generate more income to cope with the loss of its government subsidy from 2016, its chief executive officer says.Tuesday, 28 April, 2015, 5:44pm
Three months into the new school year, parents at Discovery College on Lantau are still paying fees at last year's levels, having blocked a 7.6 per cent rise. That changes next month with the government approving the increase from December, although questions remain over the finances of the independent school operated by the English Schools Foundation.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm
When the Education Bureau announced in June that subsidies to the English Schools Foundation would be phased out from 2016, it seemed inevitable that the ESF would turn into a network of international schools – with the attendant high tuition charges.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm
The expenses of the English Schools Foundation warrant closer scrutiny so fees can be kept down as government subsidies are whittled away over the next 13 years, the body's new chief executive says.
To that end, the ESF may stop recruiting replacements for some departing staff members, Belinda Greer said yesterday at her first meeting with the media since she took over last month.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 1 comment
After a stellar performance in the British and international secondary exams, Justin Cheng Yan-yiu, 16, should be looking forward to a good career and life in his home city. But the English Schools Foundation pupil, who scored eight straight A*s in the General Certificate of Secondary Education and its international equivalent, says he is so disillusioned with Hong Kong's divided society that he might consider emigrating.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 12 comments
As his two daughters enjoy their summer holiday, architect Marcin Klocek has school on his mind. The prospect of soaring fees at international schools has left him contemplating sending his children back to his native Poland for their education.28 Jul 2013 - 5:56pm 44 comments
Lawmakers expressed sadness yesterday over the government's "short-sighted and immoral" decision to end its subsidy to the English Schools Foundation.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 4 comments
Some 850 pupils from six English Schools Foundation secondary schools who sat the examination for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma in May notched up an average score of 34.6. And six of them got perfect scores of 45.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 2 comments
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.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 2 comments
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.7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 22 comments
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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.28 Apr 2015 - 5:44pm 4 comments
Discovery College parents have complained to the Ombudsman over hefty fee increases imposed by the financially troubled school.19 Jun 2013 - 5:25am
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.7 May 2015 - 12:48pm 7 comments