110 Years of RMA
Ahmed Humayun Kabir Topu
Radhanagar Majumdar Academy is one of the oldest schools of the district. The school has reached the age of 110. It is an instance of the Zamindar's contribution to the region. According to history, the RMA (Radhanagar Majumder Academy) was established at Radhanagar village of Pabna municipality in 1899 by the Majumdar Landlord family.
According to the history, Zamindar Dwarakanath Majumdar had taken initiative towards spreading education in the region. He had established a charity school in Radhanagar village in 1870 to 1871. Later this charity school was renamed Radhanagar Majumdar Academy in 1899. It was turned into an English medium school.
The high school started its journey in 1900. Radhanagar Majumder Academy became a non-government high school from the early British era. Now the school is located on 1.59 acres of land.
RMA is also one of the largest of the non-governmental high schools. 1700 students study here. The school has huge problems too. The academics are being hampered due to lack of adequate teachers. Classes are being held in its oldest building. There is no playground or computer laboratory.
According to the school sources the lack of adequate classrooms remains one of the school's main problems. Just 18 classrooms are in the school and 13 classrooms are situated in the oldest building. A two storied building with five classrooms was built in 2005 but most of the classrooms and office rooms are still in the oldest building.
Only 26 teachers are working. “The recruitment of new teachers is quite impossible as we don't have permission for a second shift” said Md. Nurul Amin Khan, headmaster. At least 30 to 35 teachers are needed for the school.
In spite of the lack of resources, the school is doing academically well. 280 students had appeared for the SSC examination in 2008 while 203 passed. 9 students got a GPA-5. RMA is the only private high school of the district with a residential facility. There is a hostel for students where 35 students live.
Md. Nurul Amin Khan, headmaster said, “though we are suffering from the teacher crises, classroom crises and other problems, our teachers are doing a great job.”
Md. Easin Hamid, the 'first-boy' of class ten, said he felt proud to be a student of such an ancient school.
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