Textbook distribution begins across country
Published: 11:39 AM, 1 January 2021 Updated: 11:42 AM, 1 January 2021
The textbook distribution has started today among the students from sixth-grade to ninth-grade on the first day of the New Year 2021 like the previous years.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina already inaugurated the free textbook distribution through a videoconferencing from her official residence Ganabhaban on Thursday.
The book distribution ceremony was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital. - BSS
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the government has already taken all-out measures to distribute new textbooks among 4.5 crore students of the primary and secondary levels free of cost on the first day of the New Year.
The textbook this year, however, will not be distributed by holding book festivals like every year due to the coronavirus.
The books will be handed over among the students at their respective educational institutions in 12 days to avoid any kind of gathering.
It is known that novelty has been brought on the cover of the books this time on the occasion of the ‘Mujib Year’. Still-images of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Independence, Great Liberation War, Language Movement and various development projects of the present government have been printed with captions on the back page of the textbooks.
Meanwhile, the books have already been reached to the schools across the country.
According to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, the demand for textbooks for primary students in 2021 is 10,25,82,555. Of those – 2,59,92, 671 books are for the first and second grades’ students, while 6,96,97,374 books are for the third, fourth and fifth-grades’ students.
2,13,288 books printed in special language will be distributed to 94,275 ethnic students (Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Garo and Sadri) from pre-primary to third-grade and the books have been printed in five languages. Besides, braille books will be distributed to 9,196 visually impaired students.
According to the Ministry of Education, 24,33,34,000 copies of books will be printed for the secondary level students in the academic year of 2021.
Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) Director General Dr. Syed Md Golam Faruk said that educational institutions across the country have been closed since March 2020 due to the coronavirus to ensure the safety of the students.
“We are trying to reach new books to students across the country on time in spite of the COVID situation,” he said.
He urged the teachers, students and parents to follow the hygiene rules while distributing books in the educational institutions amid the pandemic.
“Once they get new books, they can study according to their curriculum,” he added.
The government has been celebrating the ‘book festival’ on January 1 every year in a festive atmosphere since 2010 with the aim of elevating education standards and preventing dropout rates. About 331.47 crore primary and secondary books have been distributed across the country in the last 10 years since 2010.