Education

Govt distributes over 259.79 crore free textbooks in 2010-18

The government distributed
259 crore, 79 lakh, 22 thousand and 902 textbooks free of cost among the
pre-primary and secondary level students from the academic year 2010 to
2018.

“The government distributed textbooks among pre-primary, primary,
ibtedayee, secondary, dakhil, dakhil (vocational) and SSC (vocational)
students at a cost of Taka 3,984 crore, 90 lakh, 90 thousand and 478,”
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said today.

Replying to a question from opposition bench member M Rustom Ali
Farazi of Pirojpur in the Jatiya Sangsad, the minister said the government
has also distributed 1 crore, 6 lakh, 68 thousand and 388 directories
among teachers from 2010 to 2018.

“The government has included pre-primary students under the free
textbooks programme from 2014 academic year,” Nahid informed the
House.

Besides, the government for the first time distributed 9,703 textbooks on
brail category among 1,231 blind challenged students in the academic
year of 2017, he said, adding that in this way, the government distributed
8,405 brail based textbooks during the current 2018.
Besides, the government distributed 77,282 textbooks among 24,641
ethnic (Small Niree gosthi) students aimed at expanding of education in all
sectors, the minister said.

Nahid, however, informed the House that the government provided Taka 4
thousand, 6 hundred, 15 crore, 54 lakh and 39 thousand as stipend
among 2,55,34,151 students from 2009-10 to 2016-17 financial year.

He said the government has also given Taka 411 crore, 16 lakh, 48
thousand, 9 hundred and 40 as stipend among 7,46,192 bachelor and
similar level students under the Prime Minister’s Education Assistant
Trust.