ASJA Boys College

Founded 1970
Park Street, San Ferando

The Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) was incorporated i1953. From its inception one of the main objectives of the Association was the promotion of education and the building of institutions of learning. the first ASJA School (Primary) opened in 1953. However it was not unti l960 that the first Secondary School was opened.
ASJA Boy's College opend it's doors on January 3rd 1960. It was a private, paying institution housed at the Jinnah Memorial Mosque Hall on Mucurapo Street San Fernando. The school started with 104 students and 3 teachers with the principal, the late C.Debysingh being assisted by Vice-Principal F.Hydal.
When the decision was made to build a permanent structure, two locations were considered -
Queen Street, Port of Spain and San Fernando. The ASJA eventually acquired a parcel of land on Park Street in San Fernando from the St. Madeline Sugar Company. On May 14th 1962, ASJA Boys' College took up permanent residence in a new three-storey building at 19 Park Street, San Fernando. Many had laboured tirelessly to see the establishment of the College in its new location - Haji Mohammed Ibrahim who oversaw construction, Haji Fazloo Rahaman, Haji Shaffique Raman, Mr. S.W. Omardeen and many others.
By now the School population had increased to over 300 students and a staff of 8 teachers. The school was still a private institution. In September 1966, ASJA Boys's College became a government assited denominational school. Students enrollment was increasing and a temporary one-storey annex was contructed in1967. No other major construction was to take place for the next 25 years.
The first principal, Mr. Debysingh resigned in 1963. he was succeeded by Mr. F.K. Ali and then by Mr. Safiku Khan who served for 21 years. In September 1989 after years of lobbying, the ASJA finally obtained approved from the governement to offer students for the Cambridge Advanced Level Examinations. The first A Level class was ajoint class comprising studenst from both the Boys' and Girls' Colleges. Mr. Khan retired as Principal in 1991 and Mr. Faiz Hydal assumed the mantle of leadership. The two schools decided to go their separate ways in 1993 as regards the A Level class. This was made possible by the consturction of a new three storey wing at ASJA Boys' College in 1993, which was officially opened by the then Prime Minister, the Honourable Patrick Manning.
Mr. F. Hydal retired in 1998 and the new Principal, Mr. Alim S. Ali assumed his duties in April of that year. In October 1999, the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Honourable Rames Lawrence Maharaj officially opened the ASJA Boys' College Computer Lab. Currently the school has a population of over 600 students and 30 teaching staff.
We have indeed come a long way since our humble beginnings 40 years ago, and as we look to the new millennium we know there is still so much more that we can do. As our motto says - "Strive to Excel" and so we shall.

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