Trouble can strike anywhere, all schools need CCTV

Written by: MT Reader | 12 Jan 2018 11:02
CCTV in schools timely but why limit it to hotspot schools only, asks reader.
Written by:
12 Jan 2018 11:02

I read with great interest the Education Ministry's plan to identify hotspot schools with disciplinary issues so as to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems.

I feel this is a move long overdue.

As Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan said, CCTVs will help curb security and behavioural issues at problem schools.   

However, I am rather disappointed that the MOE will only fund these CCTVs for hotspots schools, and leave the rest to source their own funding. 

CCTVs are not cheap and schools that are not so well funded will think many times before breaking their budget to install them. 

I am of the opinion every public school is entitled to these CCTVs and these days, trouble can strike anywhere and anytime. 

The fact that we have seen many cases of student abductions, gang-related issues, truancy, drugs and smoking right at the gates of schools these days speaks volumes of the dangers that can happen in the school vicinity. 

I myself have seen strange men and women lurking around my daughter's school premises whenever I wait for her to finish her lessons.

Not all students have the privilege of being fetched from school and some of them have to walk home or take public transport. 

I hope the MOE will consider installing CCTVs in all schools and not just selected hotspot ones. 

Please do that for the parents' peace of mind. 

K. Selvam
Kuala Lumpur

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