Over the past eight years, the government has spent Tk 56.58 billion for distributing free textbook across the country.
National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) Chairman Prof Narayan Chandra Saha revealed the information to state agency BSS on Thursday.
He said the free textbooks were distributed to encourage students of poor families to continue their education.
"We will distribute 36,21,82,245 textbooks for free among the primary and secondary level students in academic year 2017” he said.
The free textbooks will be distributed among 4,26,35,929 pre-primary, primary, secondary, ebtedayee, dakhil, dakhil vocational, SSC vocational, small anthropological group and visually challenged students across the country, added Narayan.
The NCTB boss said they are working round-the-clock to reach new textbooks to students through a 'book festival' on January 1, 2017.
More than 200 million books have already reached been distributed, he said, adding that textbooks will be made available at districts, upazilas and remote areas by December 17.
He said 60,01,024 guide books have been prepared for primary teachers while 46,66,664 books for secondary teachers. The present government started distributing free textbooks from 2010 academic year.
Education ministry officials said 333,762,772 textbooks were distributed among 4,44,16,728 students of pre-primary, primary, ebtedayee, secondary, dakhil and technical students for the 2016 academic year.
They said of the total number of books, 65,77,154 were distributed among 33,73,373 pre-primary students while 10,87,19,99 textbooks of 33 subjects were distributed among 2,45,71,731 students of Bangla and English version at primary level.
The sources said 1,92,55,615 textbooks of 36 subjects were distributed among 27,03,984 ebtedayee students, 16,30,04,373 textbooks distributed among 1,12,36,018 students of Bangla and English version at secondary level, 22,71,836 textbooks among 1,87,153 SSC vocational students and 3,39,33,797 textbooks distributed among dakhil and dakhil vocational students. - IH