Textbook Festival was observed today across the country with much enthusiasm and festivity.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid set off the festival through distributing new books among the students free of cost at Motijheel Government High School in the capital.
The country wore a festive mood as students thronged their schools to collect new books defying the countrywide general strike. The students became happy soon after getting new books. Many of them were seen smelling the books.
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education centrally organized the book festival at Motijheel Government High here.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid distributed new books among the students as the chief guest. Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman presided over the function.
This year a total of 32 crore 63 lakh 47 thousand and 923 pieces of books have been distributed among 4 crore 44 lakh 52 thousand 374 primary and secondary level students, according to the Education Ministry.
The government, for the first time, introduced Information and Communication Technology( ICT) and carrier based education for Class-9, pro-life and work based education for class-8.
Speaking at the festival, Nahid said, “The number of students has increased and at the same time the dropout rate of students has decreased due to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s timely decision.”
Justifying his statement he said that the number of students was 2,76,62,529, in all the primary, secondary schools and madrasas in 2010 while the number is now 4,44,52,374.
A total of 155 crore 83 lakh and 56 thousand and 123 pieces of new textbooks have so far been distributed among students since 2010, he told the function.
Referring to the distribution of books free of cost, the minister said, “It is a rare example in the world. Many rich countries even could not distribute books free of cost. But Bangladesh did it.”
“Books have been distributed among the students with festivity defying the hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami,” he added.