‘35 crore textbooks to be distributed free of cost’

By BSS, Dhaka

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the government will distribute about 35 crore textbooks free of cost among primary and secondary level students next year.  "Printing works of these textbooks have already been completed. We've reached around 11 crore textbooks at different educational institutions and the remaining will be sent by December 14 this year," he told reporters on Tuesday after visiting different printing presses in city's Matuail.  The minister said the free textbooks will be distributed around 35 crore pre-primary, primary and secondary level students, five small anthropological group and visually challenged students across the country.  He said over 4 crore schoolchildren across the country will celebrate the Textbook Festival receiving books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the new year.