Teach­ers, par­ents step up pres­sure over VAT

Groups urge Tsipras to con­firm he won’t slap 23 pct rate on pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion

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Teach­ers at pri­vate schools and par­ents who pay for their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion stepped up their de­mands yesterday for the gov­ern­ment to con­firm that it has aban­doned plans to im­pose a 23 per­cent value-added tax rate on the sec­tor.

“We are cer­tain that you will keep your prom­ise and will move ahead with the abo­li­tion of VAT on pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion,” said the as­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sent­ing par­ents with chil­dren at pri­vate schools in a let­ter to Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras. The premier re­cently made a new pledge to aban­don the tax plan but this means his gov­ern­ment has to find al­ter­na­tive rev­enue-rais­ing mea­sures. It has not yet con­firmed it has done so.

The note was sent as the Fed­er­a­tion of Pri­vate School Teach­ers (OIELE) sought to ar­gue that the in­sti­tu­tions at which they work are not just for rich Greeks, but also for or­di­nary Greek fam­i­lies.

OIELE re­ferred to a study car­ried out on be­half of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Greek La­bor (GSEE), which showed that the vast ma­jor­ity of par­ents send their chil­dren to pri­vate creches and nurs­ery schools, pay­ing up to 3,800 eu­ros per child per year.

The re­port also in­di­cates that par­ents pay be­tween 2,000 and 4,500 eu­ros per year to send their chil­dren to pri­vate pri­mary schools. Ju­nior and high school costs be­tween 2,500 and 4,800 eu­ros per year.

“This de­stroys the myth that some peo­ple re­peat about pri­vate schools be­ing the priv­i­lege of the elite,” said OIELE.

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