The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to install close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all the primary school compounds for the safety and security of thousands of children in the city. For the same purpose, the corporation has already made a budgetary allocation of Rs. Crores. The move to install CCTV cameras in the schools came after a five year old student drowned in a septic tank of a municipal school in the month of January.
The SDMC Mayor Subhas Arya said that work of installing CCTV cameras in the schools has already begun and almost 20 schools have been circuited with the cameras. He further said, “To fulfill our commitment to provide foolproof security to students, all schools under the SDMC will have CCTV cameras now.” Under the SDMC there are 579 municipals schools, situated in the south, south-western and parts of west Delhi.
Along with the SDMC, the Delhi government has also taken measures to improve the safety and security of the children studying in hundreds of private schools in the state. The government has not only suggested to install CCTV cameras, but has told the schools authorities to raise the height of the schools boundaries and take attendance of the students twice in a day, so that any missing student from any class could get located soon. The Delhi government notified this to the schools after the mysterious death of a six year old Divyansh, who was found dead in the water tank in a prominent south Delhi School, earlier this year.
Apart from keeping an eye on the children for security concerns, the CCTV cameras could also be issued as the tool of judging the qualitative delivery of education by the teachers in the classrooms. SDMC has earlier initiated a scheme, where municipal councilors of the regions were called to adopt a school in their ward and take up development work along with installation of CCTV cameras. Rs. 5 lakh was allotted for the same from their local area development fund by the SDMC.