Sunday, Nov 20, 2022 08:00 [IST]
Last Update: Sunday, Nov 20, 2022 02:30 [IST]
NAMCHI, : Kitam senior secondary school, one of the oldest schools in South Sikkim, will celebrate its platinum jubilee on December 19.
The pre-celebration is already underway since November 5 with literary competition and athletic events taking place this month. Students from different government and private schools under Melli constituency were invited to participate in these two events.
An open football tournament, the main event of the entire celebration, will start from December 9 and conclude on December 19. The tournament will have teams from various parts of Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Kalimpong, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kurseong.
Kitam senior secondary school started as a committee school in 1947 with seven students. The school was then run by a six-member committee comprising late Krishna Bahadur Subba, late Jit Bahadur Subba, late Pashupati Bahun, late Chaturbir Rana, late Harkaman Tamang and late Harka Singh Rai along with two teachers late C.B. Thapa and late Laxmi Prasad Pradhan.
Among the first seven students, only three could be traced by the organising committee. They are Man Bahadur Subba, D.S. Tamang and Purna Bahadur Subba.
In 1952, the school was registered as primary school under Government of Sikkim with late Bhaktadas Rai of Bharikhola village, near Kitam as the first headmaster. After 30 years, in 1982, the school upgraded to junior high school, to secondary level in 1991 and then to senior secondary level in 2014.
The school presently has 198 students, 33 teaching staffs and 16 non-teaching staffs.