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CCTV in schools: ‘If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’

by | 13th, September 2012

WHAT is the purpose of placing CCTV cameras in schools? Is it to collect data on pupils and teachers? Is it an attempt by the officials to prove how in control they are and how much they care for the student and staff body? The CCTV camera represents interaction. Don’t discuss and inspire. Just command and be omniprese nt. “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” So goes the mantra.

In 2008, the Examination Officers’ Association (EOA) conducted a pilot scheme that it hoped would catch out cheats. EOA chief executive Andrew Harland, said back then:

“There is a growing problem of security and we’re trying to come to terms with that. CCTV would work, both for officers and for the students, in alleviating problems of accusations and speculation. I’m not a ‘big brother’ fan, but you have increasing numbers of people who don’t know the students in the hall.”

People have always cheated. CCTV is installed because its lazy and works on the hideous premise that everyone is a prospective cheat. And that includes the teachers.

CCTV has been embraced by the officials at King’s Heath Boys’ maths and computing college in Birmingham. The comprehensive school boasts 86 CCTV cameras one for every seven of the 580 pupils.

Huntington secondary school in York, North Yorkshire, features 113 cameras for 1,482 pupils more CCTV cameras than the whole of York city centre, which is covered by 78.

Fulford school, also in York, has cameras in the toilets.

Phil Gibbs, deputy head teacher at King’s Heath, tells us:

“The existence of CCTV provides both a deterrent and evidence of any incidents which may require investigation. Following staff consultation, cameras are also in practical teaching areas, which include technology, science and physical education, along with our new state-of-the-art library block.”

Do the cameras teach children to live in fear?

Len Holman, the head of Angel Road Junior School in Norwich, said the children want it:

“There were some isolated incidents of vandalism, occurring mainly because pupils of course can’t be monitored by adults in toilet areas. The pupils saw that there was available space on the security system operating in the school and asked whether TV cameras could be installed to prevent further vandalism.”

So. the school is using CCTV to connect

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