History

Teaching of Bangla language in Singapore started in late 1980s through the initiatives of some enthusiastic members of the community. It received a boost in 1993 when the government of Singapore recognized Bangla (among four other South Asian languages) as a second language to fulfill the requirement of the local education system. In other words, students are now allowed to take Bangla as the second language at PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination), O-Level and A-Level examinations.

 

The Bangla-speaking community in Singapore was delighted with this decision, as it provided an opportunity for the children to learn their mother tongue and preserve their cultural heritage. In 1994, Bangla Language and Literary Society (Singapore), BLLS, was officially founded to promote Bangla language and literature as one of its main objectives, and started giving formal lessons to the school-going children of its membership.

 

Since then, BLLS School has been conducting regular language classes. At the beginning, the classes used to be held at Anglo-Chinese Secondary School on Dover Road. The number of students at that time was only 56, and ranged from Primary 1 to Secondary 4 levels. In January 1995, it moved out of the Anglo-Chinese Secondary School and housed itself at the Henderson Secondary School in Queensway. With the re-location of the Henderson Secondary School to its newly built campus at its original site, the BLLS School also moved there. In January 20111, the school was shifted to Gan Eng Seng Secondary School, 1 Henderson Road, Singapore 159561.

 

With the growing number of student enrollment, expansion was necessary. Currently it operates on in two campuses – West Spring Secondary School, Bukit Panjang in the west of the island and Meridian Secondary School, Pasir Ris in the east.

 


Bangla Language and Literary Society (Singapore)