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European Social Fund

Government should improve local schools instead of giving ESF a subsidy

I refer to the ongoing debate about the English Schools Foundation (ESF) subsidy.

It seems a number of your correspondents have used this as an excuse to make bigoted remarks towards the expatriate community in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 11 August, 2011, 12:00am

Important questions need to be asked about how the ESF spends its money

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) discussion has focused on the increasing fees parents are paying and how they create an unreasonable financial burden. No one has addressed the other side of this equation - costs.

2 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Time we debated ESF's role in city

The English Schools Foundation has raised a few eyebrows in education circles by urging parents to step up pressure on the government for more public money by writing to officials and lawmakers. One education consultant describes the move as a 'bit naughty'. But it comes ahead of an important moment in a long stand-off.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


ESF neglecting its obligations in favour of profit

I have no doubt many English Schools Foundation parents will write to these columns, angry at the ESF's endless schemes to take money from them. From my point of view, the ESF's effrontery is shocking, because for the last few years it has not been abiding by the terms of its subvention.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

ESF needs a new deal if it is to flourish for next 40 years

Alex Lo's column ('Needs versus wants', December 10) sets out cogently the issues facing the ESF board, but there are one or two points that need to be clarified.

First, and most important, the English Schools Foundation has not lost sight of its mission to provide affordable English-medium education to children able to benefit from it.

11 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Needs versus wants

The English Schools Foundation's chief executive, Heather Du Quesnay, and her revamped school board have proved their effectiveness by the deft way in which they handled imposing the controversial new capital levy. Their public-relations blitz would have made any blue-chip company proud.

10 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

ESF schools hail A-level results

There were tears of joy and desperation yesterday as hundreds of students at international and ESF schools received their results in the British A-level examinations.

Lorraine Ma Wai-yan, 18, jumped up and down with joy when she discovered she was one of two students from South Island School who had scored six As.

17 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

ESF warns of fee increases to cover costs of funds cut

Cumulative dive in public funding now tops 12pc since 2004

The English Schools Foundation has warned that fee increases could result from a government cut in its subvention by 2.8 per cent in the coming financial year, amounting to a cumulative cut in public funding of more than 12 per cent since 2004.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Mail bag

Anyone else noticed something wrong?

Has anyone noticed the astonishing press statement released by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on January 23? Clever timing, perhaps.

If you have to wash your dirty linen in public, do it just before Chinese New Year when everyone's attention is elsewhere.

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am


Q Should internet service providers help track down file sharers?

Internet service providers (ISPs) should co-operate with law enforcement agencies. But they should not hand over any information to other parties just on their say so. There are important privacy issues involved. If records are requested, then a court order should be sought, and evidence produced.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am


Q Do you think Hongkongers have an unhealthy lifestyle?

Most Honkongers do not check their cholesterol at the doctors' office - due to high doctors' fees. One test: average fee of $600 to $800 for 10 minutes' talk, test result the next day, and another day's consultation for advice and medication on the result.

17 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Time to resolve the doubts over ESF funding

When teachers with the troubled English Schools Foundation went on their summer holidays they seemed safe from threatened cuts to their pay and perks. A remuneration study group had just released a report not recommending any cuts without further consideration.

16 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Year of change after crises

The English Schools Foundation educates about 12,000 students, accounting for 40 per cent of the international sector. About half these students are ethnically Chinese.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Give ESF time to implement reforms

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) has been chastised - like a naughty child - for bad behaviour and told it must do better.

25 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Paying the price for a better education

TURMOIL IN THE English Schools Foundation has once again turned the spotlight on the funding it receives from government.

28 Feb 2004 - 12:00am