Distancing education?

What does the latest VAT on education amid protests from students indicate about the role of government?

The government has said it would not withdraw 7.5 per cent VAT on education despite popular demand from private university students and the first such large-scale protest. Instead, it said that the universities would have to pay the VAT without explaining how they would ensure students would not be affected due to the imposition. New Age Youth asked members of the youth about how they view the government’s role at imposing VAT on education and what implications it has on education and public support.

vo1Shamprikta Shafiq (24)
Online Media Analyst
Taskeater

There is a misconception about the private university students that they all belong to affluent background, which is not always true. Under this false impression, if the government imposes such a huge burden on the students then it is really unfair because students finance a university’s operation and any burden on the university eventually has to be borne by the students.

vo2Muktadir Anzan (23)
Fifth semester student, Computer Science and Engineering
United International University
Education makes you understand about the things that are right or wrong around you. In a recent press conference our finance minister said 7.5 per cent of 1,000 takas is 75 takas. So it is quite clear that our government counts money over education.

vo3Tanvir Hasan (21)
Third semester student, Bachelor of Business Administration
ASA University Bangladesh

The government has shown complete failure here. Students and their parents would not feed the luxury of the government by paying them value added tax on basic needs. Students are not going to give them tax because they go to universities to study not to get entertained.

vo4Samiul Alam (24)
MBA Student, University of Dhaka

It is true that private university owners make profit from tuition fees, but originally they get permission from University Grants Commission as nonprofit organisations. So any attempt to impose VAT will actually give them legitimacy to make profit, which is clearly unacceptable. The new declaration from NBR is clearly not sufficient to pacify the anger. We have not been assured how boldly the government will react when universities increase tuition
fees for students.

vo5Adnan Islam (19)
second year student, Department of Civil Engineering
Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology

Either they are blind or just arrogant. They should have rational for imposing VAT on education, which is not a commodity. Instead, they are once again indulging into political rhetoric of how affluent private university students are and how much their pocket money is. The government should face the students and come to a decision based on rational grounds.

vo6Nafees Khabir (20)
Fourth semester student,
Computer Science and Engineering
East West University

I think government has failed to resolve the issue and they are confused about what to do. Education is our basic need. This raises a question about the existence of republic because the government is overlooking popular demand of students. We hope and pray that the government comes up with an affirmative decision before the situation gets worse.

vo7Md. Shekh Rifat (22)
Ninth semester student, Bachelor of Business Administration
East West University

The government is clearly thinking about the budget deficit, which only has a short time benefit. For this they are unfairly burdening the education sector, which will hurt the country in the long run. Unfortunately they are not looking forward. What they are doing will break the backbone of our nation.

vo8Juthi Ahmed (23)
Intern
USAID

First of all, Imposing vat on education, which is not even a luxury good, is a display of inefficiency on the governance end. Secondly, without withdrawing the VAT and rather transferring the risk from students to universities is nothing but an artful way of eschewing responsibility.

One Comment

  1. To me everything has two sides one which is good but seems to be bad because of it’s
    bad implementation and other one is bad but we have to embrace it because the society
    leaves no other options for us to choose. I think imposing VAT on education is
    wrong step but imposing VAT on universities without affecting students’ tuition
    fees or study expenditures is a positive approach. Let me throw my logistics,
    nowadays we frequently find so many institutions build haphazardly here and
    there, legally/illegally , with or without authorization sometimes occupying
    necessary facilities and sometimes not. Government has no well organized list/database
    through which they can maintain and append rules and regulations upon those institutions.
    So the ultimate sufferers are students and their guardians. If the VAT is
    implemented on institutions then there will be obligations towards the government
    by the authority of the institutions and govt. will be more careful, from where
    on the basis of what conditions and capabilities they are approving such institutions and getting taxes from them. So may be! just may be! A transparency can be found from both
    sides. Besides that now a days in private institutions we are expending lots of
    money because of their quality educations providing, facilities, accommodations
    etc. etc. all these money are going to the private fund in the name of private organizations/institutions but govt. is not being benefited from that.

    Imposing vat govt. can have money to build new public/govt. intuitions. So it is a good approach if it is implemented consciously so that students won’t be the indirect tax payer of imposed
    vat. So that I think students should raise their voice in this issue that
    whatever amount of vat is implemented on institutions, govt. will ensure that
    no institutions can impose these vats indirectly upon students……..!