Government subvention

Why Hong Kong’s latest No 1 ranking was greeted with silence

Transportation is just one of the sectors in Hong Kong dominated by a very small number of firms. Photo: Nora Tam

You know how it is when Hong Kong tops a world comparison table: first comes a flurry of self-congratulatory articles, and then there will be a smug government statement to the effect that this confirms whatever it is supposed to confirm.

Wednesday, 2 April, 2014, 8:05am 24 comments

Education funding policy flies in the face of fairness

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

The transformation of a uniquely Hong Kong institution into an elitist English-language educator is gathering pace. The English Schools Foundation has just revealed its latest move to make up for the progressive loss of its government subsidy from 2016. It had already introduced HK$500,000 non-refundable debentures to enable parents to reserve up to 150 places in each year's intake.

12 Jun 2013 - 1:20am 2 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.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 21 comments

End subvention debate so ESF can move on

The ESF subvention has become the lightning rod for the confused and contradictory feelings in this city about its colonial past.

It's that time of year again. The English Schools Foundation subvention is on the Education Bureau's agenda and there is a media feeding frenzy. We welcome the debate because our 13,000 students are important to Hong Kong's future.

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm 12 comments

Why ESF subsidy being phased out

If there is any subvention to the ESF, it would all be based on the new and unique role of the ESF, if any.

I refer to the report ("ESF must provide local curriculum, Eddie Ng says", November 1) and your editorial ("Subsidise and reform the ESF", November 10).

28 Apr 2015 - 5:45pm

ESF is part of what makes Hong Kong a success

One of the cardinal rules of education is "if something's working, leave it alone".

One of the cardinal rules of education is "if something's working, leave it alone". Last year, ESF's South Island School students attained one of the highest International Baccalaureate (IB) results in Hong Kong - an average 36.2 points versus the worldwide average of 31.9.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:15am 10 comments

Subsidise and reform the English Schools Foundation

ESF chairman Carlson Tong Ka-shing

A business leader has issued a fresh warning about the negative impact on the city of a shortage of international school places. His comments were prompted by an admission from Secretary for Education Eddie Ng Hak-kim that the city faces a shortfall of 4,200 international primary places by 2016.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am 7 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.

7 May 2015 - 3:17pm 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