The foundation receives an ongoing subsidy (called the "subvention") from the Hong Kong Government
as well as charging a substantial tuition fee to parents. In the 2007–2008 academic year, these fees stand at HK$
61,000 per annum for primary school students
and HK$93,000 per annum for Years 7-11secondary school students
(HK$94,000 for Years 12 and 13).
Although all of the ESF schools are comprehensive and "non-selective" , students in the foundation have generally done well academically, 90% of their graduates going to different universities around the world.
The schools have progressively improved their facilities, especially in ICT
with the help of donations from Parent Teacher Associations
The current Chief Executive of the English Schools Foundation is Mrs. Heather Du Quesnay
Government subsidy debate
Unlike most other international schools in Hong Kong, schools run by the ESF receive an ongoing subsidy (called a 'subvention') from the Hong Kong Government. The reason for this is historical and lies in the foundation's statutory basis. Until recently, it was generally accepted that this subsidy was fair and that the foundation had a reason to be subsidised.
There has been some controversy regarding subsidies to the foundation. The fiscal deficit suffered by the Hong Kong Government following the Asian Financial Crisis
forced the government to cut costs. There were also allegations that the foundation has misused funds on entertainment and... Read More