Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday in a bid to ensure safety of children in schools directed officials to start installing CCTV cameras in all classes of Delhi government schools within three months. The parents will be able to watch their children studying in classes on real-time basis on their mobile phones, Kejriwal said. Kejriwal inspected the progress of the project with Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, PWD minister Satyendar Jain, chief secretary Anshu Prakash and other government officials in a review meeting on Wednesday. Following the meeting Kejriwal tweeted, “Each parent will be given access to see his child studying in class on real-time basis on his phone. This will make the whole system transparent and accountable. It will ensure safety of kids”. He said the process to install CCTV cameras in schools should start within three months, a government official said.
In September last year, Arvind Kejriwal had directed the education department to study the CCTV system in schools run by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to check if it could be implemented in government-run schools. The initiative was taken following the rape of a five-year-old girl at her school in Shahdara and the killing of a seven-year-old boy in a private school in Gurugram. The education minister, secretary of education and director of education will have the permission to view any classroom of any Delhi government school through an app at any point of time, once the project starts, said the official. An auto-complaint system will be put in place that will lodge complaints about the non-functioning of CCTV cameras. The complaints will be automatically forwarded to the system integrator who will rectify it, he said.