Sign Petition

Education is a necessity, let it be VAT free

3,864 Signatures Goal: 20,000

Petition re 14% VAT on education fees

The purpose of this petition is to appeal the recent imposition of a 14% VAT tax on education-related expenses. It is not presented with any political agenda nor is it presented as an appeal on behalf of private schools. Rather it is presented as an issue which affects us all in Guyana.

The imposition of the 14% VAT on private schools however will, of course, impact very heavily on the children and youth attending those schools. For some, the perception is that anyone who attends a private school must be wealthy. That perception may be true for a certain percentage but, for the majority, attendance at such schools often represents a real sacrifice by a family member.

One of the most popular courses in Guyana, with more than 1,000 students, is the ABE programme with courses, for school leavers, in business, management, travel and tourism and computer technology. The students have been informed, a few days ago, that with immediate effect, their fees have now been increased by 14%. A number of these students pay the fees in G$100 bills, this new imposition may simply mean they stop the course, stay home and lose hope and add to the growing numbers of the unemployed and unemployable.

Nations may not be alone in having a pro bono branch. The branch for Nations is in Berbice. They have been supported for more than 15 years by scholarship support from Nations in Georgetown and by persons from overseas. Those same sponsors from overseas when they are now told that an additional 14% is required to pay in government taxes will simply send their donations to other countries.

But it is not only children at full time attendance at private schools who will bear the burden of this 14% levy, it is in fact almost every home in the country as parents find they are paying more for pencils, crayons and basic school supplies.

The only hope for Guyana moving forward is an educated, motivated pool of youth who see Guyana as theirs. This new tax does nothing to further that vision, that sense of optimism, the idea that they can rise out of poverty.

This petition is addressed to the politicians, economists, and strategists who made the decision to impose this levy and to simply ask them to seek some other means to raise revenue. A tax on education is surely not the path to take in 2017.

1

Highlight

February 9
We are now live!

Is there a cause you really care about? Start a free petition like this one and make a real difference.

  • Annika Narine
    Annika Narine Guyana, Georgetown
    Feb 22, 2017
    Feb 22, 2017
    VAT on private education and learning materials, is this in any way beneficial to us as young professionals ?? Can i ask the person responsible for this to highlight the benefits of this to us as young professionals ? How about job opportunities ?? Is the Vat on Private education and educational materials implemented because there is a lack of job opportunities out there ? Is it our governing body trying to preserve our human resources or is it they are trying to have a country full of uneducated individuals ?? Parents send their children to private institution for many reasons not because they can afford it but because they want the best for their children,like morals and values and we can see clearly the public school has NON of that !! So can some on please say where does our young people future lies in this country ??
  • indira kissoon
    indira kissoon Guyana, Georgetown
    Feb 22, 2017
    Feb 22, 2017
    there should be no vat on education
  • Geetanjali L Su
    Geetanjali L Su Guyana, Georgetown
    Feb 22, 2017
    Feb 22, 2017
    VAT on private education is a NO and it’s totally uncalled for, the best thing an individual can have is free education and the public education is not the very best with what’s happening currently. Whether persons are poor or rich education should free at all cost. We are currently paying VAT on everything else what more the government want from us, I say to the person responsible for the adding of VAT, you are not very smart sir… you want to help your country then let it be FREE!!!
  • Ateeyyea Ali
    Ateeyyea Ali Guyana, Georgetown
    Feb 22, 2017
    Feb 22, 2017
    We are already paying so much on tuition and now TAX on Private Education. NO WAY!
See More
3864

Signatures

  • just now
    Hemant Kellawan Guyana
    just now
  • just now
    Darshanie Yussuf Guyana
    just now
  • just now
    tiffiney bel Guyana
    just now
  • just now
    Jayaa Pooran Guyana
    just now
  • just now
    Vishwani Ramdeen Guyana
    just now
  • just now
    indira kissoon Guyana
    just now
  • 9 minutes ago
    Ateeyyea Ali Guyana
    9 minutes ago
  • 10 minutes ago
    Robert Singh Guyana
    10 minutes ago
  • 16 minutes ago
    steve chin Guyana
    16 minutes ago
  • 30 minutes ago
    Patrikai patokie Guyana
    30 minutes ago
  • 31 minutes ago
    Dhanmattie Rampersaud Guyana
    31 minutes ago
  • 50 minutes ago
    TRUDY WHARTON Guyana
    50 minutes ago
  • 1 hour ago
    Taylor Julian United States
    1 hour ago
  • 2 hours ago
    Renne Chester Guyana
    2 hours ago
  • 2 hours ago
    Noel Goodman Guyana
    2 hours ago
See More