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Indigenous students to get textbooks in own language

  • Published at 09:49 pm December 4th, 2016
  • Last updated at 10:37 pm December 4th, 2016
Indigenous students to get textbooks in own language
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said students from the five indigenous communities will receive textbooks in their own languages next year. He said: "There will be special Braille textbooks for the visually disabled as well." As per the 1997 CHT Accord, the government was supposed to provide primary education to the indigenous children in their mother languages. Originally in 2012, state authorities had planned to publish textbooks in six indigenous languages, but it decided to drop the Santal language from the list. Educationists, rights activists, and indigenous rights campaigners opined the textbook in a community's own language is crucial for the indigenous kids so that they can start their education in their mother language and argued it would help reduce the dropout rate among indigenous communities.

Even more free textbooks in 2017

The government is going to distribute a total of 362,182,285 textbooks among the students of pre-primary to secondary level in the 2017 academic year

Last year's figure was 333,747,972. The distribution of books free of cost to the primary school students began in 1981.

In 2010, the government began giving free textbooks among the students of secondary schools.

Minister Nahid disclosed the statistics while visiting the textbook printing press at Dhaka's Matuail area on Sunday, it, says a handout of the ministry.

He said: “Students will get their textbooks on January 1 like every year. Around 80-90% textbooks have already sent to the schools and the rest task will be done on time.”