BRIEF HISTORY OF GHATAIL CANTONMENT ENGLISH SCHOOL
Ghatail Cantonment English School (Previous Name ‘Little Star English School’) was initially established on 18 January 2000 as a preprimary school at the Officers’ Quarter ‘’PANTHONIR’’ co-located with Children and Ladies Club. The old school infrastructure was developed in 2004.The school was shifted to old location on 28 February 2004 and was upgraded to Primary level. The then Chief Patron Major General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, psc (Former Chief of Army Staff) was the mastermind of this institution. This school functioned as “Little Star English School” in old location till January 2013. In the upgradation process the name of the school was changed to Ghatail International School (GIS) 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 data automation system was installed.
With the approval of 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 civilian of Ghatail area. From the very inception this school was run by Station Headquarters, Ghatail. Later the responsibility was given to Corps of Military Police Center and School (CMPC&S). After the unification of CMPC&S and Army School of Education and Administration (ASEA) in 2008, this school was run by Center and School of Military Police, Education and Administration (CSMEA). On 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. Since then Station Commander, Ghatail was the Chairman of the Managing Committee until 30 November 2018.
The school is placed under HQ 19 Artillery Brigade from 01 December 2018 and Commander 19 Artillery Brigade is the Chairman of the Managing Committee. In June 2013, the Army authority decided to upgrade this school upto class X and include it as a ‘Chain English Medium School’ with a capacity of 1000 students. First phase construction of the new school building under Annual Development Project (ADP) has already been completed. Second phase is likely to be started 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 present location was inaugurated on 15 December 2019 by the Chief Patron.