Cabinet paper next week to scrap CESS on school equipment – Susil



Education Minister – Susil Premajayantha today (25) revealed in Parliament that he will table a Cabinet paper next Monday to scrap the CESS tax on school equipment.

Meanwhile, the minister also said that university cutoff marks will be released in the next 2-3 weeks.

The impact of the revised CESS rates on school equipment has been a heated topic in the country as the country struggles with the economic crisis. Experts had warned this could lead to many children dropping out of school, especially in the rural areas, because their parents will not be able to afford it.

Last week, State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya also said that the recently revised CESS rates will be reconsidered if it has an impact on school stationery and equipment.


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