– A Special Report by The Economy
Willes Little Flower School and College is a renowned, multi lateral, diverse and specialized educational institution. This institution has a glorious past, well-disciplined present and highly potential future.
In view of its present position in the educational arena of Bangladesh ‘The Economy’ feels it well to prepare a short familiarities and publish it for our valued readers to learn something about a notable tradition bearing institution.
The location of the institution is at Kakrail point of the Capital that can be viewed right from the main road. The total land area of the institution covers 1.6 acres. The school was established in 1956 by an English School Inspector Mrs. Josephine Willes. She was the first President of the School Managing Committee. The first Head Master of the school was Raj Ballav (RB) Shaha. The present Principal (in-charge) of the School and College is Md. Abul Hossain (Assistant Professor) and present President of the Governing Body is Muhammad Arifur Rahman Titu, General Secretary, Bangladesh Awami Shwechasebak League, Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). Muhammad Arifur Rahman Titu has been re-elected as Chairman, Governing Body of this institution for a further two years term. Present Chairman is also a proud Ex-student of this institution. The initial name of the institution was Willes Kinder Garten.
The eye-catching 6-storied building having modern architectural excellence was built in 2001. And this building was inaugurated by Bangabandhu daughter Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Incidentally Honorable Prime Minister’s family was in a close connection with the family of Josefine Willes family in the life time of Bangabandhu.
This institution has 4 six-storied buildings and one ten-storied beautiful Academic Building, one two-storied Administrative Building. Total rooms count 140. It has four well-equipped Laboratories, one Computer Lab, one library, two big teachers common room, one prayer corner, a Hall Room having 900 seats. One IT branch, a multipurpose co-operative society of the teachers-employees, 128 wash rooms, one playground, one garden with descent looking fountain, one guardian shed, one Scout Den, one science club, one hygienic canteen, a dress maker, book selling corner, four gates for entrance and exit, own generator having 165 KVA capacity, supply of drinking water from own deep tube well and mineral water provision. Many sky- scrappers and towers where government offices are housed and business installations are functioning has a posh locality here. Ramna Park known as the lungs of Dhaka stands in the vicinity of this institution.
The staffing pattern consists of one Principal, 9 Branch Chiefs, 2 Co-coordinators, 289 teachers, 18 teachers on contract basis, one office official, 20 office staff, 96 support staff totaling 415 strength.
The institution offers Bengali and English Medium, English version courses and accommodates 8 Sections including the Morning and Day Shifts of the College wing and a section for Children with special need. The learners total 10,000. There is an Ambulance with most modern facilities presented by the present Prime Minister.
Willes Little Flower School & College has all provisions for games and sports, cultural activities, extra-curricular activities like scouting, red-crescent activities etc. Almost hundred percent pass rate in Public Examinations- PEC, JSC, SSC, HSC has been achieved. In O & A Level Examination the students of this institution achieve world highest and possesses Country Highest Record almost regularly. Here studied a galaxy of successful persons who in their practical life became highly familiar.
Willes Little Flower in its journey of 70 years crossed many acclivities and declivities. Specially from 2005 when the institution was standing at its zenith of development by the toil and moil of 3 smart army officers, in 2015 after withdrawal of the army principal it started walking backward. Of course at a stage an elected committee came into being in 2017. Muhammad Arifur Rahman Titu, having trustworthiness of the present government got elected as Chairman of the G.B. Under his guidance the institution has already returned to its lost dignity by two years.
The present Principal (in-charge) Md. Abul Hossain has been successful to restore the Chain of Command by bringing all groupings, frictions, partisanism amongst the teachers-employees under control.
Once a white elephant this institution now experiences a surplus budget in place of big deficit on having a bank balance of 7 crore taka or more.
In 2019 the institution defeated Viqarunnesa and Udayan School to become first in Ramna Thana area in PEC Examination. By solving the drop out problem, disloyalty of the students to the guardians-teachers, mobile-addiction etc. the G.B. has been able to bring the students in the right track. Class test system has been changed to suit the transparency and accountability in the new method. Teachers are being trained to adjust to the need of digitalization and Multimedia practice in teaching.
The G.B. has taken measures to stop coaching business in the Campus. To bring about dynamism in teaching and streamlining the system CCTV Camera in class rooms has been set up that help proper monitoring of the teaching performance of the teachers.
This institution was so long not a venue of any public examination despite having a large campus with huge accommodation facilities. Now at present it has successfully organized the H.S.C. Exam. of 3000 candidates and earned ample praise from the Education Board, Directorate of Secondary & Higher Education and the Ministry of Education.
Eye pleasing garden in the Campus has assumed a new green shape due to annexation of new plants by courtesy of the Chairman, G.B.
By renovation of Willes Canteen at the behest of the Chairman, Governing Body the learners get the opportunity of having fresh and standard snaps. Satata (Honesty) Store set up in the campus by Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) as per direction of the High Court inculcates honesty in the soft hearted learners.
Sex-harassment and bullying allegation cell helps counseling of the students.
Future Visionary Plan
The present Governing Body has undertaken certain ambitious programs for the next year. These are inter alia:
A. 2019-20 Education year has been declared ‘Education Improvement Year”.
B. All class rooms are being transformed into Multi Media Class rooms.
C. Two guardian sheds with co-operation of the City Corporation are being constructed.
D. To make the institution captivating a modern gate with architectural excellence will be constructed in the institution adjacent to the VIP Road.
E. The six-storied building of the institution will be upgraded to 8-storied building with two lifts of big size having high capacity.E
Source: School & College Authority