As elsewhere in the country, the primary schoolchildren in Khagrachhari and Rangamati districts got their new textbooks on the New Year yesterday.
Lawmaker Kujendra Lal Tripura inaugurated the book distribution ceremony at Kukichar Government Primary School ground in Khagrachhari Sadar in the morning, reports our Khagrachari correspondent.
A total of 4 lakh 99 thousand 250 books were distributed among one lakh 21 thousand 877 students of 705 government and non-government primary schools in Khagrachhari, said District Primary Education Officer Fatema Meher Yasmin.
The recipients include 20 thousand and 723 ethnic kids reading in pre-primary and Class I, who got books in their mother languages -- Chakma, Marma and Tripura (Kokborok) languages, she said.
Khagrachhari Hill District Council Chairman Kangjari Chowdhury, Deputy Commissioner Rashedul Islam, Superintendent of Police Ali Ahmed Khan, teachers, public representatives and guardians were present on the occasion.
Our Rangamati Correspondent reports: Pre-primary and Class I students from ethnic Chakma, Marma and Tripura communities in the hill district got free textbooks written in their mother languages on the New Year, thanks to the initiative of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board.
On the occasion, a book distribution function was arranged at Banorupa Model Government Primary School where Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) Chairman Brisho Ketu Chakma attended as the chief guest.
“This year we have distributed textbooks written in the indigenous kids' mother languages for pre-primary and Class I students. We will gradually arrange such books for students up to Class V.
“We have also arranged training for most of the teachers for giving instructions in mother languages,” he said.
Muhammad Rowshan Ali, district primary education officer, said 25,000 pre-primary and Class I students from the three communities of Rangamati's ten upazilas got textbooks in their mother languages yesterday while the recipients were only 12,381 students last year.
“I am very happy to get books written in my mother language,” said Taposh Tripura, a Class I student of Banorupa Model Primary School.