BRIEF HISTORY OF GCESC
Ghatail Cantonment English School And College (Initial name ‘Little Star English School’) was established on 18 January 2000 as a preprimary school at the Officers’ Quarter “PANTHONIR’’ co-located with present days Children Club. The school was shifted to its old location (present days BRU Ghatail) on 28 February 2004 and was upgraded to Primary level. The then Chief Patron Major General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, pscwas the mastermind of this institution. The school functioned as “Little Star English School” till January 2013. In the upgradation process, the name of the school was changed to Ghatail International School on 07 February 2013. The school was upgraded to junior level and renamed as ‘Ghatail Cantonment English School’ in 2015. With this upgradation, the school was equipped with modern multimedia teaching facilities. At this stage, website of the school was opened and a data automation system was installed.
With the approval of the Dhaka Education Board, the school was upgraded to Secondary level in June 2017.Ghatail Cantonment English School is a unique institution at Shaheed Salahuddin Cantonment. Like other institutions of its kind in different cantonments, this school is imparting education to the children of both military and civilians of the Ghatail area. From its very inception, this school was run by Station Headquarters, Ghatail. Later the responsibility was given to the Corps of Military Police Center and School (CMPC&S). After the unification of CMPC&S and the Army School of Education and Administration (ASEA) in 2008, this school was run by the Center and School of Military Police, Education and Administration (CSMEA). On the separation of these two institutes on 25 September 2011, the functioning responsibility was given to ASEA by the then Chief Patron. In January 2015, the school was again placed under Station Headquarters. Station Commander, Ghatail was the Chairman of the Managing Committee until 30 November 2018.
The school was placed under HQ 19 Artillery Brigade on 01 December 2018 and Commander 19 Artillery Brigade is the Chairman of the Managing Committee. In June 2013, the Army authority decided to upgrade the school to Class X and include it as a ‘Chain English Medium School’ with a capacity of 1000 students. The first phase of construction of the new school building under the Annual Development Project has already been completed. The second phase is likely to start soon. Present Chief Patron had directives to upgrade the school to Higher Secondary level and as such online application was submitted in May 2019. The new school building at the present location was inaugurated on 15 December 2019 by the Chief Patron. Ghatail Canton English School achieved the `Chief of Army Staff’ trophy among all other cantonment-based English Medium Schools in 2020.
With the approval of Dhaka Education Board, the school was upgraded to Higher Secondary level in 02 May 2023.