Dr. Khastagir Government Girls' School
|Dr. Khastagir Government Girls' High School|
|Type||Public, Single-sex, Day school|
|Motto||Knowledge, Integrity, Service|
|Faculty||Humanities, Commerce, Science|
|Number of students||~2000|
Dr. Khastagir Government Girls' High School is a school in Chittagong city, Bangladesh. It is located near Jamal Khan, in the central part of the city. It is a large girls' school, established by Annadacharan Khastagir, a pioneer in women's education in Chittagong during the late 19th century. The school is one of the top schools of Chittagong. It reportedly ranks high in the country in both Junior School Certificate and Secondary School Certificate. In 2005, it was the top ranked school in the Secondary School Certificate examination in Chittagong Education Board. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 the school topped Junior School Certificate Examination Merit list in Chittagong.
The School was founded by Dr. Annadacharan Khastagir. During the colonial era, women of the conservative Bangladesh (then part of British India) was lacking behind in education. The situation was worsened by the socio-cultural norms of keeping girls veiled and away from public spaces. Therefore, most educated women were taught at home by their liberal fathers or husbands. It is in the midst of this background, Annadacharan Khastagir established the school to provide education to girls. Dr. Annadacharan Khastagir, a leader of the then Brahmo Movement, a friend of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and a progressive person who made his four daughters highly educated in English, established a vernacular medium school at Jamal Khan Road in the port city in 1878. Eminent lawyer of then British colonial era Jatra Mohan Sen (widely known as JM Sen), who married Binodini, third daughter of Dr. Khastagir, made the school exclusively for girls in 1907 and renamed it as Dr. Khastagir Girls' School in memory of his wife and father-in-law after Binodini died in 1906. JM Sen donated seven acres of land and a building to upgrade the school into a high English school, which was later subsidized by the government and named as 'Dr Khastagir's Govt High English School For Girls'.
Today, the school follows the general national curriculum of Bangladeshi Education System, and provides education to girls from primary (starting from grade 5) to secondary level (grade 6-10). It has completed its 100 years in 2007. Since its journey with only three students named Anna Sen, Prem Kusum and Juni, the school produced hundreds of scholars during the past 100 years. It is one of the oldest and prestigious schools in Chittagong, as well as in the country. Through the annals of history, the school has earned name, fame and respect for its academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and development of girls' education.
The school has a large compound with playgrounds, computer lab, science labs, halls and auditorium. Apart from the general curriculum, the school also encourage students to engage in extra-curricular activities. Some of these include: learning language (with British Council), debating, knitting, drawing and Girl guides.
There are three academic terms in the year. The first term starts at January and ends around April. The second term starts around June and ends in late August. The final terms starts around mid-September and ends in the beginning of November. The students have a month-long summer holiday after the first term and winter holidays after their final term.
Due to the large number of students that enroll in the school, the school is divided into two shifts. The morning shift starts at 7 a.m. and ends in the noon. The Day shift starts in the afternoon and dissolves around 4. 30 p.m.
The school is known for its colorful uniforms. Students from the Morning shift wear dark blue kamiz, while the students from Day Shift wear Sea green kamiz, with white salwar, white scarf, white cross-belts and the distinguishing red belt. The girls also tie their hair with white ribbons.
Both the shifts start with a unique ritual of prayer, oath and drill. The school’s two regular traditional drills are known as the “Rumal Nritya” (literally meaning dancing with handkercher) and the “rann sangeet” (literally meaning the battle song) by Kazi Nazrul Islam.
The school runs a reading-group with Bishwa Sahitya Kendra.
Sports and Celebrations
The school is famous for its Annual Sports Day performance of drills. During the first term, the students take nearly a month after-school to prepare for the drill. Usually the girls from grade 6 to grade 8 perform it. The students are separated into few groups; such as Luddi with kartals, Gypsy with tambourines and Lathi with canes. The groups dress according to their themes, making the event not only musical but also exceptionally vibrant and colorful.
The school also celebrates its Annual Cultural Day (also known as the Farewell Day), where by students including many of the school’s nationally acclaimed child artists perform music, dance, drama, poetry etc. It is called the farewell day, because the show is hosted as a tribute to the senior school leavers.
The school marks each year with an Annual Prayer.
Celebration of a Century
The school celebrated its 100 years in 2007. Many of its alumnae gathered to join in the three-day-long celebration. The celebration ended with turning off all the dazzling lights, and lighting around 2,000 candles gradually on the campus, with the participating students, teachers and guests chorusing Tagore's 'Purano Sei Diner Kotha'.
- Pritilata Waddedar- Anti-British Revolutionary.
- Badrunnesa Begum - Former Headmistress of the school.
- Dr. Sufia Rahman- Former Adviser to a Caretaker Government.
- Dr. Tahmina Banu - Head of the Paediatric Surgery department of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
- General Dr. Suraiya Rahman- Bangladesh's first female Brigadier.
- Ivy Rahman- Prominent Politician.
- Kalpana Datta- Anti-British Revolutionary.
- Maitreyi Devi- Poet, Novelist and Protegée of poet Rabindranath Tagore.
- Novera Ahmed- Pioneer Sculptor (Credited for the original design of the Shaheed Minar).
- Pratibha Mutsuddi- Ekushey Padak Recipient, Bengali Language Movement Hero, Educator and a Legendary Women Activist.
- Shamsunnahar Mahmud- Writer, Politician and Educator.
- SSC Examinations: 60.92 pc pass under Ctg Board, The Daily Star, July 10, 2005
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- "JSC Result of Chittagong Education Board: Girls lead in GPA-5 but fall behind in pass rate". The Daily Star. Dec 28, 2012.
- "DRESSING TO CURE - Kadambini, Anandibai and better medical care for women". The Telegraph. August 12, 2007. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
- "Celebrations take alumnae back to joyous schooldays". The Daily Star.