François Quesnay

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There is a very close correlation between pay and fees because 80 per cent of ESF's budget is spent directly on staff

English Schools Foundation chief executive Heather Du Quesnay

Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am

ESF parents slugged further 4pc

Fees at English Schools Foundation schools are to rise an average of 4 per cent in the next academic year, as the government confirmed that its subsidy for the schools would remain unchanged for the time being.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ESF expects government subsidy to stay

The government's subvention for the English Schools Foundation is expected to stay in place for at least another year, despite the lack of progress in a review of funding arrangements for the body.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

ESF letter restarts campaign for funding

The English Schools Foundation has restarted a campaign calling on parents to e-mail legislators, journalists and senior government officials to express their support for continued government funding.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Deadlock over future ESF subsidies

Negotiations between the English Schools Foundation and the government over whether ESF schools should continue to receive government funding are deadlocked, with the clock ticking on an earlier goal of finalising reform details by the end of this year.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


Author not prosecuted in Singapore for writing about death penalty

Liz Gooch's article in Postmagazine ('Given enough rope', May 1), makes inaccurate assertions.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

ESF enlists journalist's help in video bid to win over parents on fees

The English Schools Foundation (ESF) is reaching out to parents via video about the touchy subject of its finances and fee increases. Not all are convinced.

7 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Colonial attitude at ESF means stakeholders' views are ignored

Lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan has referred to the English Schools Foundation as a leftover from the colonial past.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

ESF chief riles parents with 'customers' tag

Parents have criticised the chief executive of the English Schools Foundation for labelling them 'customers', reigniting tensions between the ESF and two parent groups who have criticised it for lacking transparency.

The ESF runs, with government subsidies, 21 private primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

ESF ignored calls to end fee rises, parents say

A parents action group has accused the English Schools Foundation of failing to communicate with parents for two years and ignoring their calls for an end to fee rises.

29 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

No money for new NT school

ESF chief executive Heather Du Quesnay says she would like to see one more school opened in the New Territories but the foundation does not have the money.

Ms Du Quesnay told parents on Thursday there was rising demand in the area. 'That's what I personally would like to see but we don't have the money ... we've got other demands.'

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Legislators pass law to change makeup of ESF

The English Schools Foundation has entered the final chapter of its protracted governance reforms as lawmakers passed legislation to radically alter its structure.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Foundation chief to extend contract

Heather Du Quesnay will continue to lead the English Schools Foundation until the end of the 2010-11 academic year after being offered a second three-year contract as chief executive. ESF chairwoman Felice Lieh Mak announced late last month the ESF's executive committee had offered Ms Du Quesnay (pictured) another term.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Voice urged for special needs on ESF board

Parents keen to ensure quality education for all

Parents of children with special needs have demanded their voices be heard by having a designated representative on the English Schools Foundation's proposed board of governors.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

ESF closing on last hurdle

The English Schools Foundation is set to overcome one of the last hurdles in changing its governance structure, with its new ordinance due to be gazetted around Christmas.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am