Keeping children safe at school is an utmost priority for parents. In the past numerous cases of sexual abuse have been reported from inside the schools in Delhi. The most recent case involved three senior students from Class 7 and 8 of a school in Vivek Vihar, East Delhi, sexually assaulting a Class 4 student on the school bus.
Reports suggested that the teacher instead of acting on the complaint made by the student, told him that “he is so cute and anyone can molest him.” In the most shocking case earlier this year, a 16-year-old student was arrested as he was accused of killing seven-year-old (class 2 student) Pradyuman Thakur at the Ryan International School, Gurgaon.
Such incidents are nothing new and they keep coming up. A status report filed by Delhi government as to why to install CCTVs in schools also attributed the growing number of sexual abuse and bullying taking place in schools.
Earlier this year, to ensure safety of students, the Delhi government gave its nod to the installation of CCTV cameras in government schools in the city. Cameras will be installed in each classroom, labs, corridors, parking, library, vacant rooms and even the areas outside washrooms, in 1,028 school buildings. The decision to install CCTV camera in all schools was taken last year.
The project will be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 597.51 crore in six months.
The decision to install CCTVs also comes in the backdrop of Lt Governor Anil Baijal constituting a high-level committee to prepare common framework for the installation and monitoring of CCTV cameras.
The interesting thing regarding this project is that the government will provide a user ID and password to parents so that they can see their children studying in the classrooms on a real-time basis.
PWD minister Satyendar Jain said video recording of each camera will be available for 30 days. Moreover, the school principal will be able to view the video feed live on a big LED screen.
What this also means that parents will be watching the every move of their children in the classroom. So some might call it as an invasion of privacy, but it is still a good way to increase surveillance.