2020-01-01 19:54:37 BdST

Textbook festival begins across country


A national textbook festival is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday, marking the free distribution of books among primary and secondary students.

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni along with Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhury and the outgoing Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Sohrab Hossain joined the textbook festival of secondary level students at Adhar Chandra Government High School in Savar today.

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni has said no one will be allowed to hold protests and programs while holding students hostage and hampering their academic life.

She said this while addressing a special ceremony of the countrywide program "National Textbook Festival" at Adhar Chandra Government High School in Dhaka's Savar on Wednesday.

She urged everyone concerned to refrain from holding anyone hostage through protest programs.

Dipu also said the corruption allegations against Jahangirnagar University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Farzana Islam is being investigated by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

“If she (JU VC) is found guilty, measures that can be taken against her will be scrutinized,” she said.

Meanwhile, another book distribution program was held at Dhaka University Central PlayGround, where State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Minister Md Zakir Hossen along with National Cricket Team player Shakib Al Hassan, handed over books to several primary school students.

The government has begun distributing around 353,144,554 free textbooks to more than 42 million primary and secondary level students across Bangladesh for the academic year 2020.

Besides, Chakma, Marma, Garo, Tripura, and Sadri language books have also been distributed.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated a free textbook distribution program for the academic year 2020 as the "National Textbook Festival" is set to be celebrated across the country.

She formally opened the free textbook distribution program by handing over books of primary and secondary levels to students at a function at her official Ganabhaban residence.

Dr. Dipu Moni handed over a set of textbooks for the JSC and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) to the premier while State Minister for Primary and Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen handed over another set of textbooks of Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee.

The government printed the textbooks by maintaining proper standard for pre-primary, primary, secondary, ebtedayee and SSC level students so that all students get textbooks for free on the first day of the New Year, Education Ministry sources said.

“This (festival) is the outcome of our (government’s) sincere commitment to reach the books on the first day of the year,” a top official of the Education Ministry said.

He said Bangladesh has set a rare example in the world through the distribution of free textbooks among a large number of students on the first day of January.

Distribution of free textbooks started since 2010 at both primary and secondary levels in the country.

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