As many as 35,39,94,197 textbooks will be distributed free of cost among 4,27,72,747 primary and secondary level students across the country on January 1, the start of academic year of 2020.
The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) was ready to distribute the free textbooks on the first day of the New Year by organising book festivals across the country so that the students can begin their classes smoothly.According to the NCTB, the government printed 66,75,276 textbooks for pre-primary students, 9,85,05,480 for primary and ebtedayee, 24,85,72,834 books for secondary and Dakhil level students (class VI to IX), 2,30,103 books for the students of ethnic minorities and 9,504 textbooks for the Braille students.
Earlier, the government had distributed some 35,21,97,882 textbooks free of cost among 4,26,19,865 students on the first day of 2019 through book festivals.
NCTB officials said they have completed all the tasks including printing and sending the new textbooks to every upazilas across the country ahead of the book festival on January 1.
The new textbooks have already been sent to the upazilas and the authorities of respective educational institutes are collecting the books to distribute among their students on the first day of the New Year.
The Awami league-led government introduced the distribution of free textbook among the students in 2010 at both primary and secondary levels with a view to checking the drop-out rate at both primary and secondary levels.
Sources said the government distributed 296,07,89,172 textbooks free of cost among the students in pre-primary, primary, Ebtedayee, Secondary, Dakhil, Dakhil (Vocational), and SSC (Vocational) level across the country from 2010 to 2019 through festivals on January 1 every year.Educationists said Bangladesh has set a rare example in the world through distribution of free textbooks among a large number of students on the first day of January every year.
The country has achieved impressive progress in education sector as the government has implemented various formative programmes including distribution of free textbooks.
Students are encouraged to continue their studies as they get free textbooks on the first of New Year, they said, adding the government deserves special appreciation for taking such a huge initiative (distribution of free textbook) for all students from primary to secondary levels.
Talking to daily sun, NCTB Chairman Prof Narayan Chandra Saha said: “We have sent the textbooks cent percent to the upazilas including the remote areas of the country and now the educational institutions are collecting the textbooks.”
“This year, all the textbooks were printed by the local printing presses and the quality of the books also improved compared to that in the previous years,” he said.
He said: “The distribution of such a large number of free textbooks among the students is a huge task for the authorities concerned. This successful distribution of textbooks through festival every year is being possible because of concerted efforts by all officials and employees concerned.”
NCTB chief urged the students and their guardian to collect the textbooks from their educational institutions free of cost and there is no need to buy any books from the market.