Textbook Festival celebratedNew Age Online
The ‘Textbook Festival’ is being celebrated on Thursday in all the schools and madrassahs across the country to distribute about 30 crore free textbooks among 3.7 crore students of pre-primary, primary and secondary schools and madrasssahs.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid distributed new text books among the students at a simple ceremony in the capital’s Government Laboratory School.
Nahid said all the textbooks to be distributed this year have already reached the respective schools and madrasahs throughout the country amid blockades enforced by the opposition.
The government is distributing 11.59 crore books among 2.31 crore primary students, 1.75 crore books among 26.4 lakh ibtedayi students. The authority is also distributing 13.60 crore books among 92.58 lakh students of secondary schools and 16.63 lakh books among 1.86 lakh secondary vocational students and 2.87 crore books among 21.17 lakh dakhil and dakhil vocational students.
The government sponsored programme coincided with the opposition-sponsored countrywide blockade, which created tension among the students and their guardians.
Nahid told New Age that they were compelled to hold the festival amid blockade for the sake of education.
In 2010, the government began distribution of free textbooks to the students of secondary schools. Free distribution of books among the primary school students had begun in 1981.
Prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday inaugurated the Textbook Festival scheduled for today pledging to provide students with notebook computers in future.
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