Concerned about the safety and security of students, especially minors studying in Delhi Government-run schools, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in all schools across the city.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told The Pioneer, “We are going to implement this scheme in a big way. We will also provide feed to the parents and they can watch their wards live during their school hours. We have built 10,000 classrooms and many new building have also been built. More such buildings are coming up. This is our endeavour to not only provide safety to the students but also let their parents know what their wards are doing during school hours.”
The process to install CCTV cameras in the schools was necessitated after sexual assault of a five-year-old girl by a school clerk in a Government-run school in Gandhi Nagar area.
Delhi’s Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain announced on Wednesday that with an estimated cost of Rs 597 crore, the Government will install 1.46 lakh CCTV cameras in schools. “A tender has been floated and seven companies have participated in the bidding process,” he said. The Minister said these 1,46, 800 CCTVs will be installed in 1,028 city schools. The recorded footage will be stored in each school and self erased after 30 days.
Importantly, the Government officials will be provided with an ID and password so that they can view footage. The step is being considered good in security aspect of child during school hours. Incidentally, several cases of child sexual abuse have been registered and with the installation of CCTVs, the recorded footage may help investigate the case and parents may have the record of their ward’s activity during schooling hours.
It may be recalled that in 2015, Sisodia had announced to install CCTVs in Delhi school classrooms.
Sisodia, who also holds the portfolio of Education Ministry, had mentioned that Directorate of Education (DoE) will initially install cameras.
The Education Minister had also said the plan is to provide a secure access for parents to through a mobile application, so that they can keep an eye on their children.
As a pilot project, launched in September 2015, CCTV cameras were installed in five Government schools of Delhi at Mori Gate and East Vinod Nagar and were inspected by Sisodia. Five schools could not be covered then owing to some issues, he added.
Launching the pilot project then, he had said, “The Government has plans to install CCTV cameras in all classrooms of all Government schools... Complaints against teachers coming late or such will also be factually made on record with the help of these cameras”.
“The project is big and we are studying the expenditure and methodology of it. Once the study is completed, the Government would go for a global tender for installing CCTV cameras in classrooms,” Sisodia said.