Kathmandu, April 26, 2016:Â “Hello students, are you happy? I trust you are happy today,” Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli asked students of Mahendra Rastriya Higher Secondary School close to the PM official residence at Baluwatar in the Capital today.
In response, the elated students of grade one to 10 said that they are very much happy today.
It was not any birthday party or any other celebration in the school premises where the PM was invited. But the PM reached the school to distribute textbooks provided by the government for free with the start of academic session this year.
Not only students, teachers and parents who were present at the book distribution programme were enthused.
Forget PM, rarely government officials would reach the school located near the PM’s official residence.
At the book distribution programme, the Prime Minister also delivered his speech in English. “Are you reading well? You have to work hard and should do something for this nation,” he told the students.
The students also took the opportunity to take photographs with the PM before he parted ways, promising to visit them again.
The government has been providing textbooks up to secondary level for free across the country.
Taking in mind widespread complaints of a failure to distribute textbooks in time, Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel launched the free textbook campaign to distribute textbooks in time from April 17-27 across the country.
As part of the campaign, concerned authorities including line minister and other ministers will reach various districts for the book distribution.
Director at the Department of Education (DoE) Baikuntha Aryal said that such campaign would help draw children’s and parents’ attention towards the community schools.
Meanwhile, as part of the campaign, director at the DoE Dev Kumari Guragain distributed free textbooks to the differently-able students of Khagendra Nawa Jeevan Kendra at Jorpati in the Capital.