VAT, NBT tax benefit should go to the students

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Education Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that government is planning to add the benefit of Value-added Tax (VAT) and Nation-building Tax (NBT) tax cuts to school uniform vouchers. He made this observation in Parliament, yesterday, while denying allegations that the value of the school uniform vouchers was lessened.“The VAT and nation-building taxes are included in the value of the vouchers. Following the tax cuts, we believe that the benefit should go to the students.” Minister Siyambalapitiya said.

He added that the government is to swiftly look into the difficulties faced by the teachers and students at the Polonnaruwa National College of Education. People’s Liberation Front MP Bimal Rathnayake, during the oral question round, informed the Education Minister that there is a serious lack of facilities at the Polonnaruwa National College of Education. “Apparently, there is a serious water shortage in the college, and sanitary facilities are not in operation either. I would like the Education Minister to quickly look into this matter,” MP Rathnayake said.

In reply, Minister Siyambalapitiya said he would quickly address any issues at the training college.Following a question raised by United National Party MP Hesha Withana, Minister Siyambalapitiya assured that the government is planning to carry out the recruitment process of teaching assistants to government schools in a transparent manner.The minister said the recruitment process would most probably include a competitive examination, as usual.“We are yet to finalise how the process would take place, and I assure that it will be a transparent one,” he said