Bangladesh

Leave education alone

Jun 5, 2017
A flat tax this regressive, at the end of the day, only hurts the less well off The finance minister is no Robin Hood.
We’ve had this discussion before: Taxing education is never a good idea.
As such, the new VAT on English medium education is a definite step, again, in the wrong education.
In fact, it goes on to show how detached the new budget is from the reality of Bangladesh’s socio-political situation.
English medium schools are not exclusive to the wealthy. They are not the luxury commodity the new budget would have us believe.
In fact, a huge chunk of English medium students belong to middle-class families.
And the VAT, which will no doubt trickle down to the consumer, will hit the Bangladeshi middle class the hardest.
Hurting the middle class does the country no good, especially when it comes to education.
We have said this before and must say it again: A flat tax this regressive, at the end of the day, only hurts the less well off.
With public education being in the woeful state that it is now, can the people really be blamed for seeking alternative modes of education?
The budget’s priority, perhaps, should have been focusing on improving education before deeming English medium schools to be a luxury.
Though it is understandable that this would generate a lot of money for the government, this is nothing more than a direct attack on the middle class. There are alternative ways to generate revenue, and we urge the government to seek those out.
 
Dhaka Tribune, June 5, 2017

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