Jhenaidah Government High
School Turns 132
About 132 years ago, the Jhenaidah Government High School was founded on ten acres land bequeathed by late Abdul Kader of Bhutiargathi village under Sadar upazila. This school was established at first on the bank of Nabaganga river, and was named High English School. It was later moved to its current location from its founding place. Most of the records of this old school had been burnt during the liberation war of 1971, and much of its heritage remains unknown. This school is permanently recognized by Calcutta University.
The institution stands on a large campus with a number of buildings, a generous smattering of trees, and a big playground. The school has 27 teachers, catering to 834 students. Its facilities include a library, which contains three thousand books, and a science a computer laboratory.
This school has earned a good reputation in scouting and is in good terms with the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC). They have won several awards in national competitions. It is one of the country's oldest and largest schools and has become an important part of the heritage of the region.
The school publishes a literary magazine once every three year. It gives the students a platform to showcase their creativity as well as provide encouragement to try their hands at something for the first time. The school was nationalized on 15 November 1968. This year 87.69% of the examinees passed in the SSC examination. 16 students obtained GPA-5 and 20 students secured junior scholarships. Besides its outstanding academic results, Jhenaidah government high school also fosters an environment where the students can engage in exciting extra curricular activities as well as athletics. The school has won several championships in interschool district and division levels.
There has hardly been a year when students from this school have not secured places in public exams under the Jessore board. Many of these meritorious students have gone forth and become eminent scholars and have served the nation in different ways. Among its brightest alumni are Nur-E-Alam and Jahed Shahriar Jahedi Rahul, Dhaka-based industrialists, Safaet Hossain, Mir Shahabuddin and Tarit Kanti Roy Chowdhury, Senior Civil Servants, Abdul Wahab, Medical Officer, Shafikul Islam Apu, present AL lawmaker in Jhenidah-2 constituency, Kanak Kanti Roy, Jhenidah Sadar Upazila Chairman, Arif Hossain and Mohaimenul Islam, Dhaka-based computer engineers, and Sher Ali, a businessman operating out of USA.
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