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Delhi govt to hold orientation programme with parents

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind, the Delhi education department will hold an orientation programme with parents of the schools to make them aware of the ongoing CCTV projects in the Delhi government schools. The parents would be taught about the need and how to use the live feed, log in details and the other related issues. "The department will do an orientation program with the parents where we will tell them the need of CCTVs and how they can use the live feed," said Atishi, former education advisor of Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and a senior AAP leader. She further explained that every parent would be entitled to get the live feed and they will get a login code. "We know that not every parent would be

equipped to track the live feed but we will explain everything to them and give a login. Our motive is transparency and also security so the parents should be assured that their children are doing well," Atishi told Millennium Post.

Parents of children studying in Delhi government schools will be able to get live feed of the CCTV cameras through 'DGS Live' app which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. After downloading the app, they will receive an SMS from the government control room. They will be able to access live classroom feed after proper verification.

This month the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL challenging the AAP government's decision to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in classrooms in Delhi schools and live stream the feed to parents of students.

Meanwhile, dismissing concerns that the CCTV cameras will compromise privacy of the schoolchildren, the chief minister said the initiative will help improve results of Delhi government schools next year. "There will be no privacy breach, children go to school for education, to learn discipline and become good citizens of the country... they do not go there for anything private," CM Kejriwal said. He said the CCTVs will ensure direct answerability of the government towards people. "We would not provide live feed to the parents if the schools were not running properly," he said, adding that the cameras will also ensure children's safety and instil discipline in them. He said his government has struggled against misinformation campaign of the opposition parties against the project.

Earlier this month Delhi government kicked-off the CCTV project in the classrooms by inaugurating the scheme at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Lajpat Nagar here. This is the first Delhi government school where CCTVs have been installed not just on the campus, but also inside all the classrooms.

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