Karnataka: Government schools to be in CCTV radar

Govt has sanctioned Rs10 cr for installation of cameras; officials have collected information from all districts to identify schools

The Department of Education has now taken the first step towards installation of CCTV cameras at more than 3,000 schools across the State. The Kumaraswamy government has released Rs. 10 crore for installation of the cameras at

Officials in the department released a government order to this effect in August. The Department of Public Instructions is now ready with an action plan to start the process.

Officials said priority would be given to government schools where girl children have enrolled in higher numbers. An official said, “Our priority is to provide a secure environment for children, especially girls in the schools. We have given the order for CCTV cameras and the amount has been sanctioned. The Department of Public Instructions has collected data from all the districts and will proceed with the work.”

The previous government had announced the installation of CCTV cameras in a phased manner in all schools. It had also announced that 175 Kannada Public Schools will be started from this academic year. CCTV cameras will be installed in these schools as well.

CCTV cameras will be procured only in October and November. An official said, “Once the list of schools is prepared, the deputy director of public instructions (DDPI) and the block education officers (BEOs) will have to take the initiative in their districts to call for tenders at the district level and finalise on the vendors.”

This process will be over by the end of October and procurement and installation will begin post the completion of the tender process.
Officials said there will be four cameras per school. One will be installed at the entrance of the school, one in the playground, another in the teachers’ lobby and also in sensitive areas of the school as identified by the headmaster and the teachers of the school. School authorities will be given a computer to monitor the footage.

The Department of Education has given the onus of maintaining these cameras on the school premises to the headmasters and teachers. Dealeras in Bangalore For School

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