Government Laboratory High School

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Government Laboratory High School, Dhaka
Government Laboratory High School Monogram.png
1 Naem Road, Dhanmondi
Mirpur Road
Dhaka 1205

Coordinates23°44′9.97″N 90°22′54.15″E / 23.7361028°N 90.3817083°E / 23.7361028; 90.3817083Coordinates: 23°44′9.97″N 90°22′54.15″E / 23.7361028°N 90.3817083°E / 23.7361028; 90.3817083
TypePublic boys high school
MottoLatin: Alo aro alo {Light, more light (with knowledge)}, Come for knowledge, go out for help
Established3 September 1961 (1961-09-03)
School districtDhaka
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)     White and      Navy Blue
NicknameLaboratorians, Lab, G. Lab
AccreditationBoard of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka

The Government Laboratory High School (Govt. Lab.) is a school located in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The school was established on 3 September 1961.[1]:155


School Building
College Building

The principal of the adjacent Govt. Teachers' Training College, Muhammad Osman Gani, sought to establish a facility to assist his trainees practice teaching. From this idea, Government Laboratory High School was created. The school was inaugurated in 1961 by the then Director of the Department of Public Instruction (D.P.I), Muhammad Shamsul Haque. The first headmaster was Khan Muhammad Salek, who went on to serve for 12 years.[1]:155 Below is a list of the first teachers at the school, upon its opening.[1]:156

  • Khan Muhammad Salek (Headmaster)
  • A. B. Mofizuddin Ahmed (Assistant Headmaster)
  • Sirazul Haq Khan
  • Muhammad Zafar Ali
  • Abdur Rashid
  • Muhammad Zahirul Huq
  • Muhammad Nurul Islam
  • A. B. M. Nurul Islam
  • Muksedur Rahman Hawladar
  • Muhammad Sharifuddin
  • Khabir Uddin Ahmed
  • Muhammad Waliullah
  • Muhammad Sadat Ali
  • Sri Suranjan Dutta


The Directorate General of Secondary and Higher Education, Dhaka, divides the city's government schools into three groups: A, B, and C. Government Laboratory High School is in group A. Candidates may apply to multiple schools, but to no more than one in each group. Admission to class 1 is by lottery. Admission tests for classes 2 through 8 are administered in mid-December. Admission to class 9 depends on Junior School Certificate (JSC) or Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) results.[2]

Class and section system[edit]

During initial planning it was envisaged that study would start from class 3. However, due to eagerness from both Muhammad Osman Gani and Khan Muhammad Salek, classes 1 and 2 were included.[citation needed] Class 8 was the highest offered during the first academic year (1961–62). Class 9 was added the following year, and class 10 the year after that, so the school's first Secondary School Certificate examinations took place in 1964.[3]

Classes are usually divided into four sections, 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D', containing 60 students each. The students' day is split into two shifts, 'Morning' and 'Day', with two sections studying in each half of the day.

In 2007, due to more the admittance of a greater number of meritorious students than there were allotted seats, this system was extended in class 1. This included two extra sections, 'E' and 'F' and three sections studying during each shift.[4]:266

House culture and tiffin system[edit]

The students are grouped into four houses for participation in competitions. The houses are named after four legends which each represent a human quality: Al Biruni (scholarship), Al Ma'mun (good governance), Omar Khayam (youth) and Salahuddin (bravery). Each house has a color: yellow, blue, green and red respectively.[4]:267

In 1962 a system for distributing tiffin was introduced. Money is deducted from the students' academic fees each month which entitles them to such snacks as singara, samucha, nimki, paratha and bundia or daal, jilapi, chopbun, cake, bananas, mangoes, oranges, bread, eggs, and sweets.


From years 1 to 3 the uniform is a white shirt with navy blue shorts and white keds. From years 4 to 12 the uniform is a white shirt with full-length navy blue pants and white keds. For all years the school's monogram, which was designed by Zainul Abedin, is printed on the shirt pocket.


The first examinees attended the Secondary School Certificate examination from this school in 1964. That year a Government Lab student achieved fourth place in the merit list.[1]:158 The highest success came in 1993. That year 27 students from this school had positions on the merit list. They took 17 out of 20 places from the merit list.[1]:158 Almost in every year in almost every public examination Government Lab achieves the honor of 100% passing students; not just passing Government Lab students pass with very good numbers in almost every year.[citation needed]

Co-curricular activities[edit]

There are some clubs and organizations to help co-curricular activities: Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC)[5], Scouting and Red Crescent. The notable clubs are Cultural Club of the Laboratorians (C.C.L), English Club of the Laboratorians (E.C.L), Quiz Club of the Laboratorians (Q.C.L.), Debating Club of the Laboratorians (D.C.L.), Laboratorian's Science Club (S.C.L), Books Club of the Laboratorians (B.C.L) and History Club of the Laboratorians(H.C.L)


The library has approximately 7,500 books.[6]:199 Most of them were bought by coeval sanctioned money during the establishment of the school. Others were bought by annually approved money.

School day[edit]

Boys in the School Day 2008
A wall magazine prepared on School Day 2008

The 'birthday' of the school is 3 September, which is celebrated as the 'school day'. Academic programs are cancelled and functions are organized in each of the sections. Students decorate their classes with balloons, posters, pictures, and colored paper, and they publish wall magazines containing their own stories and poems, which teachers and guardians come to admire. Students sometimes give invitation letters to their teachers to visit their room. Sometimes a birthday cake is cut celebrating the birthday of the school.

School magazine[edit]

The school magazine is Anushilan which was first published in 1963; the editor was Kazi Nurul Huq.[6]:157The magazine is not published regularly every year. There is also a magazine given to class 10 for their farewell named Satirtha Parichiti.


  • Late Khan Muhammad Saleque (1961–1973), (First headmaster and founder)
  • Hafiz Uddin Ahmed (1973–1978)
  • Zafar Ali Khan (1978–1980)
  • Md. Zafar Ali (1980–1980)
  • Muhammad Muhibullah (1980–1986)
  • Muhammad Nurul Huq Bhuiya (1987–1988)
  • Muhammad Rabiul Islam Khan (1989–1991)
  • Muhammad Zahirul Haque (1991–1994)
  • Muhammad Habibullah Khan (1995–1997)
  • Muhammad Momtazur Rahman (1997–1998)
  • Muhammad Abdus Sobhan (1998–2000)
  • Md. Nasir Uddin (2000–2001)
  • Rashid Uddin Zahid (2001–2003)
  • Abul Hasanat Faruque (2001–2003)
  • Syed Hafizul Islam (2004–2007)
  • A.K.M. Mustafa Kamal (2007–2010)
  • Md. Abdul Khaleque (2010–2011)
  • Md. Abu Sayeed Bhuiyan (2011–2014)
  • Md. Abdul Khaleque (2014–present)

Old Laboratorians Association[edit]

There is an organization of the ex-students of the school named the Old Laboratorians Association (OLsA). The aim of the organization is mainly to organize reunions amongst the ex-students of this school. Advertisements of OLsA's functions are published through the national dailies and its website.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e "2002-2003 Issue", Anushilan, Government Laboratory High School, 2003
  2. ^ "Online admission to 32 govt high schools in Dhaka begins", The Independent, Dhaka, 3 December 2014
  3. ^ a b The Laboratorians, Old Laboratorians Association, retrieved 27 April 2014
  4. ^ a b "1998 Issue", Anushilan, Government Laboratory High School, 1998
  5. ^ "Home - Bangladesh National Cadet Corps". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  6. ^ a b "2004-2005 Issue", Anushilan, Government Laboratory High School, 2004

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