Education ministry mulls CCTVs in schools

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Deputy education minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said these schools were determined based on its location near highways and within high-populated areas. Schools with lower risks would be installed with an alarm system. — File pic

 

KUALA LUMPUR, April 5 — The Education Ministry is set to place closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in primary and secondary schools in high-risk or hotspot areas.

Its deputy minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said these schools were determined based on its location near highways and within high-populated areas. Schools with lower risks would be installed with an alarm system.

“We are still analysing whether we will be able to install CCTVs in all schools nationwide,” he said.

“Our main constraint is finances and we hope it can be done. Safety is our priority and we will continue to assist where we can.”

He added that social ills among students would also be reduced with CCTVs.

“People would be more cautious,” he said, adding that the CCTVs would be under the school’s responsibility.

“We may not be able to eradicate it completely but people will be kept on their toes because they know they would be watched.”

Kamalanathan said based on surveys done and the comparison of tenders submitted, the cost of procurement and to supply safety equipment for three years would cost RM438,497 for one school.

He said the ministry had decided to keep the purchase, installation and maintenance of CCTV within one tender contract, instead of bringing in companies with expertise.

“If the contracts were separate, it would add to the school’s burden as two contracts have to be managed,” he said.

“It would incur an additional cost of four per cent or RM17,000 per school for a three year period.”

In a written reply to Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh (BN-Setiu), the ministry said it had installed CCTVs in schools based on risk categories.

“CCTV installations is included in the contract scope of the security service of the ministry, where the school is authorised to determine a suitable location for CCTV installation, including the main entrance,” said Kamalanathan.

Source: Malay Mail