Municipal schools in Delhi will soon come under a 24X7 vigil.
In a bid to ensure safety of students and improve quality of education by keeping a vigil on teachers, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has decided to install CCTV cameras in all classrooms in its 380 schools.
Sources in the corporation said the move would soon be replicated in South and North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run schools.
“Of late, the municipal corporations have been branded as bad education providers and accused of various things. We want to change that image. Moreover, we want to ensure quality education to students,” said Jitender Choudhary, chairman, standing committee, EDMC.
Officials said the decision comes in the wake of the death of five-year-old student, Ankit, who fell into a septic tank in January 27 this year.
The inquiry report had held the school administration responsible for the incident.
The CCTVs will be installed in every classroom and play area and would be monitored at the headquarters of each corporation.
“This will ensure students are provided with quality education and avert untoward incidents. It will also help us keep a check on teachers,” said Choudhary.
There 1,860 schools in the three municipal corporations with an approximate strength of 10 lakh students and 18,000 teachers. The corporations plans to keep a watch on all through the move.
Officials said CCTVs will also help the corporations keep a check on mid-day meals.
The corporation had earlier issued 10-point safety guidelines for all municipal schools. The mandatory instructions highlighted the need for daily supervision and marking areas that could be potentially dangerous for students.
“Underground water tanks, septic tanks and any other pit found unsafe and dangerous should be covered with a strong iron lid with locking system,” said the notification, adding that schools have to display warning boards at such sites.