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Schoolchildren delighted with new books on New Year’s day

WT24 Desk

Schoolchildren across the country received new books on the first of New Year amid much enthusiasm as Textbook Festival Day, 2017 was celebrated on Sunday like previous years,UNB reports.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid inaugurated the festival at the capital’s Azimpur Government Girls’ School and College through distributing new sets of textbooks among students.

The government is distributing nearly 36,21,82,285 textbooks among about 4.25 crore students of pre-primary to secondary level for the 2017 academic session across the country.

The government printed textbooks in five ethnic languages. Besides, textbooks printed in Braille method will be distributed among challenged students.

Speaking on the occasion, Nahid said the government for the first time printed about 77,000 textbooks in five ethnic languages which are being distributed among the children of five ethic minority communities, including Marma, Garu, Chakma and Tripura.

He said about 9,703 Braille books are being distributed among 1,231 visually-impaired students.

The Education Minister said enhancing the quality of education is now a big challenge and that is why the government has taken steps to reform the examination methods. Later, Nahid distributed books among the students at Azimpur Government Girls School and College.

Education secretary Md Sohrab Hossain and chairman of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board Prof Narayan Chandra Saha were, among others, present on the occasion.

In 2010, the government began distributing free textbooks among students of secondary schools. Free distribution of textbooks among the primary school students began in 1981.

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