Soon all Madhya Pradesh government college libraries and classes will be under a camera watch, according to a higher education department missive to college principals on Thursday.
The department’s direction comes following higher education minister Uma Shankar Gupta’s instructions to install CCTVs across state college laboratories, classes and staff rooms to keep a close watch on students, teachers and officials alike to ensure quality education and attendance.
The missive indicates that the CCTV watch would be monitored by the officers of the higher education department.
However, educationists and teachers are taking the decision with a pinch of salt. Guardian Guilds president Zamirruddin said, “Modern gadgets can’t help department in imparting a quality education. If the department is installing CCTVs for attendance, then again attendance is not necessary for scoring good marks.”
He said education should be left to the educationists said the quality of education could only be improved by focusing on the primary education.
“Because the various stages of learning are interlinked and most important of all is the care of primary education. Even Albert Einstein said that if we don’t take care of the primary education, no education is possible,” he said, indicating that the camera watch could at best be a monitoring tool but not the right means to improving education.
A Government PG College professor echoed similar sentiments and said instead of improving the level of education, the cameras would only “increase unnecessary pressure on the teachers and the students.”