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Govt celebrates school textbook festival

Students in many areas yet to get all the textbooks

Mohiuddin Alamgir

Cheering students hold up textbooks at Government Laboratory High School in the capital on Thursday as the government held textbook festivals across the country on the day. — Indrajit Ghosh 
Cheering students hold up textbooks at Government Laboratory High School in the capital on Thursday as the government held textbook festivals across the country on the day. — Indrajit Ghosh

The government on Thursday celebrated ‘textbook festival’ by distributing primary and secondary school books across the country.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said 30 crore new textbooks reached all the schools and madrassahs across the country for free distribution among 3.7 crore students in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools and madrasssahs.
Nahid gave away new textbooks to the students from a number schools in the capital at a ceremony held at the Government Laboratory School.
Students of the BCSIR High School, Dhanmondi Government Girls High School, Kamrunnesa Government Girls’ High School, Hafez Abdur Razzaque Dhakhil Madrassah took their books form Nahid.
Nahid told the function that all the textbooks already reached the schools and madrasahs across the country despite the opposition’s blockades.
This year, he said, the government provided 11.59 crore books for 2.31 crore primary school students, 1.75 crore books for 26.4 lakh ibtedayi madrassah students, 13.60 crore books for 92.58 lakh secondary school students, 16.63 lakh books for 1.86 lakh secondary vocational students and 2.87 crore books for 21.17 lakh dakhil and dakhil vocational madrassah students.
Nahid told New Age that the government had to hold the festival amid the blockade.
At similar ceremonies local representatives and education officials distributed books among students, said officials.
On Wednesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the textbook festival pledging to provide notebook computers to the students in future.
However, New Age correspondents reported that the education office in Patuakhali, Sathkhira, Netrokona and several other districts were yet to get all the textbooks for distribution among the learners.
New Age correspondent reported quoting Patuakhali district primary education officer Ataur Rahman that 8.65 lakh textbooks reached the district against the demand for 11.99 lakh.
No social science books for Class IV, science books for Class V reached  Kolapara upazila, and no Bangla, science and Islamic religion books for Class III students reached Galachipa upazila, he said.
Besides, Bangla and science books for Class III are yet to reach Dashmina, Bangla and  English books for Class I, Bangla books for Class II and mathematics books for Class V were yet to reach Dumki upazila, he said.
New Age Stahkhira Correspondent reported quoting district education officer Kishoree Mohan that for the secondary level 11.91 lakh textbooks reached the district against the demand for 13.44 lakh.
For the Dakhil madrassahs, he said 2.58 lakh textbooks reached the district against the  demand for 6.5 lakh and for the ibtedayi madrassahs 1.96 lakh text book reached against the demand of 3.10 lakh.
New Age correspondent in Netrokona said that 15,000 students of 495 newly opened  primary schools in the district did not get the new textbooks.
New Age correspondent in Jhenaidah, reported quoting district primary education officer Dilip Kumar Banik that for the primary students 11.57 lakh textbooks reached the district against the demand of 12,20 lakh.
Primary and secondary level students can also download the textbooks in e-book format from the NCTB website (www.nctb.gov.bd), said NCTB officials.
In 2010, the government began distributing  free textbooks to students of secondary schools.
Free distribution of books among the primary school students began in 1981.




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