|Posted : 03 Jan, 2014 00:00:00||AA-A+|
Around 37.4 million school-going children celebrated the 'textbook festival' across the country Thursday amid enthusiasm as they received free textbooks for the new academic session 2014.
It was observed that students from various groups from class 1 to secondary school and madrasa came to their respective institutions in the morning empty-handed but went back home with new books.
Sharing the happiness Meem, a class-V student of Government Laboratory School in the capital, said she was confident about obtaining Grade Point Average (GPA)-5.00 in the next Primary School Certificate (PSC) examinations.
"It's just an exciting feeling for me that I can't express exactly as I have been given free new textbooks for the ongoing academic year", said another student of University Laboratory School and College on the Dhaka University campus.
Despite the nationwide blockade, students came to their schools mainly escorted by their guardians to celebrate the festival through receiving fresh books for the new session.
"Getting the new books for new class is really exciting for the school-going children which ultimately pleases their guardians", said Abul Hasnat, the guardian of a student.
He, however, expressed doubt about starting new academic session according to the schedule due to the mounting political tension.
"Besides, we feel insecure relating to sending our children to school during the political unrests", Mr Hasnat added. He also requested all the political parties to minimise the ongoing tension through holding dialogue.
Inaugurating the book festival held at Government Laboratory High School in the capital Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the country has achieved another world record through distributing around 300 million pieces of the books to the students free of cost.
"Overcoming all the obstacles including continuous nationwide blockades and shutdowns the government has successfully observed the book festival on the first working day of the new academic session," the minister said.
He noted that a total of 114 million fresh books have been distributed among 23 million primary school students, 137.5 million books among the junior grade school students while 46 million books among 4.7 million students of the Ebtedayee and Dakhil and vocational institutions.
Speaking on the occasion National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) chairman Prof M Shafiqur Rahman said, "This year we had to celebrate the festival on the second day of January instead of the first day as the day was a holiday."
He said despite continuous violent political turmoil the authorities had sent all the textbooks to the country's educational institutions to celebrate the day at a time.
"Besides, textbooks can also be downloaded free of cost from the government's ebook website www.ebook.gov.bd and the website of the NCTB ww.nctb.gov.bd," he added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the textbook festival Wednesday through distributing some books to a number of students.