Students to get free textbooks in time

70pc books sent to districts, upazilas

Staff Correspondent

7 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) is working hardly to send the free textbooks to students in due time amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

NCTB sources said around 70 percent textbooks have already reached different districts and upazila across the country for distribution among the students on the first day of the New Year.

Around 35 crore textbooks are being printed in 151 printing presses for the students of the pre-primary, primary and secondary-level for the 2021 academic year.

Stakeholders of the education sector have an air of uncertainty about printing and distribution of the textbooks among students in time amid the pandemic. But the uncertainty removed due to the NCTB’s hard work, said the NCTB officials.

Despite few obstacles amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all preparations have been made by the NCTB to give delivery of textbooks in time, they added

The NCTB officials are strictly monitoring the books printing and distribution work while they also appointed two agencies for supervising the work to make quality textbooks ready in time.

When asked, NCTB Chairman Prof Narayan Chandra Saha told the Daily Sun that “We’ve already completed most of the part of textbooks printing and distribution.”

“The textbooks have already been sent to different districts and upazilas for distribution among students on the first day of the New Year,” he said, adding that the rest of the books will be sent to every upazila by this month.

According to the NCTB, about 35 crore textbooks will be printed at a cost of Tk 1,100.50 crore for pre-primary, primary and secondary-level students this year.

Of them, about 24.41 crore books will be printed for secondary level and about 10.54 crore for the primary level, taking the previous demand into consideration.

The Awami League-led government has been distributing textbooks among the pre-primary and secondary students free of cost on the first day of every New Year (January 1) by holding a national textbook festival since 2010.

Over 331.38 crore textbooks were distributed among students from 2010 to 2020.

Textbooks are distributed to students on January 1 amid festivity every New Year since 2010, but this will not be held this year due to the corona pandemic.