PUBLISHERS UNION WANTS GOVERNMENT TO WAIVE VAT ON TEXT BOOKS

Publishers union in the country have registered their rage against the decision by National Assembly’s Finance and Budget Committee to ignore their proposal of exempting text books from Value Added Tax regime.

The publisher’s, who had early this year downplayed a possibility of increase in text books prices, have now changed tune and are now upbeat against VAT imposition on text books.

Through their Chairman David Waweru, they say this increased vat on text books means learners will have fewer books and this will in turn compromise education.

In addition to the effects of the high text books prices on education quality, the publishers hold the view that their business is gradually being crippled by the high Value Added Tax.

They now want the government to scrap off VAT on books just as it has done with other luxurious items.

The protest by the publishers comes hot on the heels of the announcement by the government that it will increase capitation to public schools to buy textbooks.