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Edu Dept tells schools to install CCTV cameras


Jammu || The School Education Department has directed heads of all schools and private educational institutions to install CCTV cameras to ensure safety of students. They have also been told to set up internal vigilance committees to discuss deficiencies in security-related matters and recommend corrective measures.

The guidelines to educational institutions were issued by the department after some parents had raised concerns about security of their wards, be it physical, mental or emotional security, including child abuse.

Besides installing cameras on the school premises, principals were told to install these on entry/exit points in the school and peripheral points. A police verification certificate with antecedents and address verification while appointing teachers, physical instructors, lab technicians, drivers, janitors and other support staff, including security personnel, has now become compulsory.

All educational institutions were told to strictly follow the transport guidelines.

“The school buses should be painted yellow and on the back and front, “School bus” should be written boldly. If it is a hired bus, “On school duty” should be clearly indicated. There should be a fire extinguisher and first aid box in each bus. The bus driver must have at least five years of experience of driving heavy vehicles,” the guidelines stated.

“The school managements have also been directed to appoint certain staff members as vigilance monitors on rotation basis in order to keep an eye on activity of kids’ arrival and departure from schools, during playtime, meal times or near toilets etc.