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International Schools

White or wrong? Divisions at Hong Kong international schools are dire

What does it even mean to be “local” or “Western”? Photo: Edward Wong

Visit any website of Hong Kong’s international schools and you will immediately notice candid photos depicting unusually gleeful students of all races learning together or prancing around the playground in groups.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

International school sites still needed

My colleagues and I at the Harbour School appreciate the Education Bureau's efforts to address the shortage of international school placements in Hong Kong through the recent allocation exercise of four redundant school sites.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am

New school ties

YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College in Tung Chung.

An international school or English Schools Foundation (ESF) education is usually the default choice for expatriate families in Hong Kong. But this may not be the case for much longer.

30 Apr 2013 - 9:49am 6 comments

DSS holds key to English study places

Diocesan Boys' School, like many other DSS schools, offers an international/non-local curriculum. Photo: Nora Tam

While expatriate families are requesting the government provides more international school places for their children (who do not speak Chinese and therefore cannot attend local schools), many local schools actually have high potential to meet the demand.

22 Feb 2013 - 4:04am 3 comments

Bilingual students more China-ready

Chinese International School students Cameron Zeluck, Saskia Leung, Aaron Zweig, Phoebe Wilson and Riley Tseng chat during break time. The school is planning to transfer its Year 10 students to its new campus in Hangzhou. Photo: Edward Wong

Wilson Chan, who worked in Shanghai for several years, had always wanted to send his three children to a bilingual school

17 Feb 2013 - 4:23pm

Quality of local schools in doubt, Amcham says

The recently reappointed chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong yesterday criticised the quality of the city's education system, urging officials to adopt long-term planning in order to maintain its competitiveness.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Bidding battle for four school campuses in Hong Kong

Hong Kong International School is "interested" in the allocation exercise. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The latest tender exercise for four international school sites has attracted interest from across the globe, with one site in Stanley appealing to dozens of operators from the city and overseas.

Today is the deadline for bidders to submit their proposals to the Education Bureau, following site visits organised recently.

10 Dec 2012 - 10:29am 3 comments

Chinese International School extends scholarships to outsiders

CIS students chat at break time. Photo: Edward Wong

Up to four students whose parents can't afford the tuition fees of an international school will get a chance to study at Chinese International School (CIS) starting from next year, thanks to the school's first scholarship programme.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:14pm

Japanese school to foster 'Asian' thinking

Lin Kobayashi, 37, at the International School of Asia, Karuizawa, believes Asia is over-reliant on Western-style leadership. Photo: AFP

Asia may be driving growth in the world economy but a Japanese businesswoman behind an innovative new school believes the region is over-reliant on Western-style leadership.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Clarity at last on future of the ESF

Eddie Ng Hak-kim

The die is cast. ESF schools are international schools. As such, government funding will be phased out. That's the gist of education chief Eddie Ng Hak-kim's letter to the Post yesterday to clarify a major gaffe he made in Legco this month.

20 Nov 2012 - 3:08am 1 comment

Mainland mums keen for children to have happy kindergarten days

Ivy Academy director Ryan Cardwell sings songs for the children at the English-speaking kindergarten in Beijing, but such fun costs parents dearly. Photo: Simon Song

In his second week at one of Beijing's leading public kindergartens, three-year-old Yue Yue was instructed to place both hands on his lap and keep his legs pressed together as he sat on his chair.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

'Local' ESF more at home in international system

After an unforgivably long period of dithering by successive education secretaries, it seems that the government is determined to phase out public funding for the English Schools Foundation. For many parents who aspire to send their children to ESF schools, this is worrying news. For those with an intense dislike of the organisation, Christmas seems to have come early.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am 16 comments

Hong Kong parents seek alternatives to local schools

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Students in Hong Kong's public school system continue to rack up strong results in international assessments. But that's not enough to stop a growing number of local parents seeking schools that offer something different.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:13pm 2 comments

Unjust sense of entitlement, or a bargain for the public purse?

Harrow School was given an interest-free loan. Photo: Nora Tam

There's been far too much harmony in these pages lately. Jake van der Kamp and Monitor have agreed about almost everything recently, including what a lousy idea the government's new property taxes are.

12 Nov 2012 - 7:15am 6 comments

ESF sense of entitlement an antiquated school of thought

Carlson Tong Ka-shing, Chairman of English Schools Foundation.

The ESF was established to provide an affordable international education for students whose home country was not necessarily Asia and whose mother tongue was not Cantonese. By freezing the subvention the government has forced the ESF to increase fees to a point where it is now a struggle for ordinary expat families to educate their children here.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am 12 comments