ESF in the media
ESF, the largest provider EMI (English as a Medium of Instruction) education in Hong Kong attracted the attention of the media twice this week.
In a welcome development, it was reported in The Standard that ESF is to open a new Kindergarten in Tung Chung that will have capacity of 360 students. With a waiting list as large as the total ESF capacity for Kindergarten places, this will go some way to relieve the chronic under-supply.
A less than complimentary edition of ‘The Pulse’ aired on RTHK this week highlighted the facts around the CPI-busting increase in fees and charges at Discovery College in Discovery Bay.
Following the Education Board’s U-turn in approving increases of 53% 2013-2017, it was highlighted that this is already leading to a disturbingly high student withdrawal rate at Discovery College.
Whilst students and their families may currently have the option of ‘voting with their feet’, the loss of the ESF subvention (subsidy) and the willingness of the EDB to approve fees of this magnitude is likely to severely limit cheaper EMI alternatives over coming years.
The show repeated concerns that have been the subject of a previous blog: Hong Kong to be less attractive for Expat managers? Please refer to our schools page.
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