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Kalmunai 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 million.

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.