State Minister for Primary and Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen today urged students to prepare themselves as worthy citizens to transform Bangladesh into a developed and prosperous country as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“You are the future of the country and you will be the key force to implement Sheikh Hasina’s vision of 2041, also a dream of Bangabandhu,” he said while inaugurating Textbook Festival at the Central Playground of Dhaka University.
Hundreds of school children wearing school uniforms with their guardians joined the programme, reports BSS.
Around 42 million school children across the country celebrated the Textbook Festival as they received textbooks free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the New Year.
This year, a total of 3, 53,144,554 copies of textbooks were distributed among 4, 26, 19,865 students of pre-primary, primary, ebtedayee, secondary, dakhil and vocational institutions for the 2020 academic year.
Students were seen delighted to get their new textbooks on due time as the textbook distribution festivity added a new dimension to their ecstasy on the New Year day.
The state minister said none of the governments looked into this sector after the death of Bangabandhu. Later, his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, known as the role model of development, has been boosting this sector with various programs including distributing free books since 2010, he said.
A total of 105,402,375 textbooks were distributed among the pre-primary and primary level students while 247,742,179 textbooks were distributed among the secondary level students at free of cost.
Distribution of free textbook started since 2010 at both primary and secondary levels in the country.
President of the standing committee of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Advocate Mostafizur Rahman M.P and star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan distributed the books among the students, with primary and mass education secretary Akram Al Hossain in the chair.