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Parliament Waives Taxes And Duties On Maths Sets To The Tune Of $3.2 Million


The parliament of Ghana has approved the removal of taxes and duties to the tune of  $3.2 million for M/S Bluegrass Group Limited to supply Kapek scientific mathematical instruments for use in the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The removal of taxes includes tax rebates on import duty, National Health Insurance Levy (NHIL) import, GETFund import, Value Added Tax (VAT) import, EXIM levy and special levy on the instruments.

The move will allow the government to distribute 853,009 units of the devices, comprising mathematical sets and scientific calculators, to all SHS students, while the West African Examination Council (WAEC) will keep the rest to facilitate the conduct of the examination.

According to Dr Assibey-Yeboah, the purpose of the purchase and distribution is help curb examination malpractice during WASSCE

He said to address the menace; WAEC had resolved to supply students with prescribed mathematical sets, scientific calculators and time kits.

“This is to prevent students from entering examination centres with foreign materials and unauthorised gadgets/instruments.

“The committee was informed that this policy is being used by Nigeria WAEC and it has helped to reduce examination malpractice in that country,” he said.

July 15, 2020

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