Zahira notches 60
By M.I.M.S. Anwar
Zahira College, Kalmunai celebrates its 60th
Anniversary this year. To mark this important
milestone, Minister of Housing and Common Amenities,
Ferial Ashraff declared open a three-storied
National Unity Building constructed for the school
under the North-East Community Restoration &
Development (NECORD) Project at a cost of Rs. 13.5
Assistant Director of NECORD S.L.A. Careem together
with the Kalmunai Mayor H.M.M. Haris,
Parliamentarian and Minister Nijamudeen, Zonal
Director of Education M.T.A. Nizam and the
Divisional Education Officer M.M. Ismail
participated at this function as Special Guests and
Guests of Honour.
Though a few buildings in this school were damaged
by the Tsunami, none of the International
non-Governmental Organisations (INGO) working in the
District of Ampara came forward to construct any
building for the school.
The school was started by late Parliamentarian Gate
Mudaliyar M.S. Kariapper in his private land in
1949. It was declared open by the then Minister of
Labour the late T.B. Jayah who appointed M.I.M.
Abdul Cader as a Head Master.
This school continued to provide education to
children in the English Medium till 1952 and in the
year 1953 it was made into a Tamil medium school. A
permanent building was constructed here in 1957 and
upgraded as a Senior School after M.I.M. Meera
Lebbai was appointed as Principal in 1956.
With the upgrading of the school, it began to
attract a large number of students and GCE (Advance
Level) Arts classes were introduced. The name
Sainthamaruthu Muslim School was also changed to
Zahira College, Kalmunai. In 1993 it was further
upgraded to a National School.