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41.6m students to get 344m free books in 2021

  • Published at 12:55 pm December 31st, 2020
Textbooks to be distributed on January 1
File photo of students receiving free textbook on the first day of new year Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the official distribution of books from Ganabhaban on Thursday morning

More than 41.6 million students across Bangladesh are set to get nearly 344 million copies of new textbooks free of cost in the academic year of 2021.

On January 1, the book distribution will begin at educational institutions in the country.

However, there will be no book festival on January 1 due to the closure of educational institutions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), as many as 343,662,412 copies of textbooks will be distributed among 41,655,226 pre-primary, primary, Ebtedayee, secondary (Bangla and English version), Dakhil, Dakhil (Vocational), SSC (Vocational), and technical students.


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A total of 2,13,288 books printed in special language will be distributed to 94,274 ethnic students (Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Garo and Sadri) from pre-primary to third grade and the books have been printed in five languages.

This time, Braille books will be distributed to 1,187 visually impaired people.

The government has been holding a book festival on the first day of every year in a festive atmosphere since 2010 and it is usually inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who hands over new books to students at Ganabhaban.

On Thursday morning, the premier inaugurated the official distribution of books from Ganabhaban virtually due to the ongoing pandemic.