Staff Correspondent: "Textbook Festival Day-2019" has been kicked off across the country through the free distribution of new textbooks among primary and secondary students.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid launched the festivity at Azimpur Government Girls High School and College on Tuesday morning.
Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman also held a separate programme at Dhaka University central playground this morning.
The textbook distribution programmes were held in different places in the capital.
This year, the government has printed 35,21,97,882 copies of textbooks for the students of primary and secondary schools, ebtedai and dakhil madrasas and technical institutes.
Over 9.88 crore copies are for primary schools and 18 crore are for secondary ones.
The government has spent Tk 1,082 crore for printing and distributing the books.
Amid persisting textbook crises, the government in 2009 decided to distribute textbooks for free. It has been distributing free books to both primary and secondary students on the first day of the year since 2010.
Since then the government has handed out over 296.07 crore textbooks.
risingbd/Dhaka/Jan 1, 2019/Yeamin/AI