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Over 3.5 crore textbooks to be distributed January 1

  • Published at 11:54 am December 24th, 2018
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File photo of students receiving free textbook on the first day of new year Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

All primary and secondary school students will receive free textbooks on the first day of the new year

As many as 352,197,882 free textbooks will be distributed among 42,619,865 primary and secondary school students, on January 1, nationwide.

National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) Chairman Prof Narayan Chandra Saha, while speaking to BSS, said this on Monday.

He said: “All necessary preparation for the distribution of free textbooks has been completed…We have been able to send textbooks to all schools across the country already.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will formally inaugurate the free textbooks distribution festival at an event on Tuesday.

“The government distributed 354,290,162 textbooks among 43,706,895: pre-primary, primary, secondary, ebtedayee, and SSC students last year,” Narayan said, adding, “We have printed these textbooks on time by maintaining its standard….”

All primary and secondary school students will receive free textbooks on the first day of the new year.

“We have directed the authorities concerned to intensify their monitoring to successfully distribute free textbooks in the 2019 academic year,” he added.

“The government has distributed 260.86 crore textbooks for free among the: pre-primary, primary, secondary, ebtedayee, and SSC students in the last nine academic years,” the NCTB Chairman said.

In the past 10 years, he said: “Bangladesh also made significant progress in education—fulfilling different global targets, including achieving gender parity in education, ahead of schedule—while the distribution of books, free of cost, has significantly contributed to reducing the dropout rate.”

Ministry of Education sources said the free textbooks had been distributed among students of: pre- primary, with textbooks also in the languages of ethnic minority groups; primary, with textbooks in Bangla and English; secondary; ebtedayee; dakhil; and SSC vocational or technical schools across the country. They have also distributed textbooks in brail, for blind students.

“This [festival] is the outcome of our [government’s] sincere commitment to circulate books on the first day of the year,” a top official of the Education Ministry said.

“Distribution of free textbooks started in 2010, for both primary and secondary school students,” he said. He added that 2,608,591,290 textbooks were distributed between 2010 to 2018.

He said Bangladesh has set a rare example in the world by distributing free textbooks among a large number of students on the first day of the year.