New Delhi – The city government in New Delhi plans to install CCTV cameras in every classroom in the city to enable parents watch their kids in the school in real-time on their mobile phones.
“Parents in India’s New Delhi will soon be able to watch their kids at school in real-time on their mobile phones,’’ Delhi’s chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said on Friday.
Kejriwal, said on his twitter account on Wednesday that the monitoring system would “make the whole system transparent and accountable,” and would “ensure the safety of kids.”
The app, which is still in development stage, will also include the “complaint” function.
“If parents spot anything wrong and want to complain, they can use the app to register it.
“The issue will be addressed by officials from the department concerned,” an official of the education department told the Hindustan Times.
“Two appalling crimes targeting school students happened in and around Delhi in September 2017: A young boy was found with his throat cut in a school bathroom at a private school in Gurgaon, some 32 km from Delhi.
Also days later, a five-year-old girl was raped by a member of staff at a school in the east of the capital.
Meanwhile, some teachers expressed their disapproval of the move.
Ajay Yadav, General Secretary of Government School Teachers’ Association, said the installation of CCTV cameras will “seriously hamper teachers’ privacy.”
“By implementing such a decision, the government is distrusting teachers,” The Indian Express quoted him as saying.
“There are about 1,000 schools in the region, and the CCTV will be installed in all government schools within three months, according to Kejriwal. (Xinhua/NAN)