For kids’ safety, Parents to get real-time access of CCTV footage in all government schools

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that each parent will be offered access to see their kids in class consistently basis through CCTV cameras to ensure transparency and safety of children being introduced in all Delhi government schools inside three months. “Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his/her phone. This will make the entire system transparent and accountable and would guarantee security of children,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal also tweeted that he reviewed the progress of installation of CCTV cameras, calling it a move to make the whole system transparent and accountable.

Kejriwal held a review meeting over the project installation of CCTV cameras in all classrooms in all government schools in the city. The meeting was attended by education minister Manish Sisodia, PWD minister Satyender Jain, chief secretary Anshu Prakash and officials of the departments of education.

The decision came following the rape of a five-year-old girl at a school in east Delhi and the killing of a boy at a private school in Gurgaon. The meeting on Wednesday comes a day after a private school was charged by Delhi police in the case of a child being sexually abused by another child.

Earlier in September, CBSE had issued a notice to all affiliated schools in enlisting guidelines to ensure a child’s safety on the school premises. Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal had directed the Delhi government to make security measures mandatory, linking the schools to rules for recognition, while also asking the Delhi police to waive verification charges in a bid to provide incentives to school to conduct background check on their staff.

An official said, “Taking stock of the progress of the project, the Chief Minister said that the process of installation of CCTVs in schools should start within three months.” Officials added that once the project starts, it was decided in the meeting that the Education minister, education secretary and director of education would “have the rights to view any classroom of any Delhi Government schools through the app at any point of time.”

“There would be an auto complaint system to check the non-functioning of any CCTV installed in the schools. The auto system would itself lodge an complain and it will go to the system integrator who would then rectify the camera,” said an official.

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