The Kerala High Court on Thursday stayed the implementation of circulars of the Director of Public Instructions (DPI) and the Director of Higher Secondary Education (DHSE) ordering school managements not to install CCTV cameras on school premises, especially in classrooms.
The stay order came on a writ petition filed by T.S. Padmakumari, manager, PUPSM High School, an aided school at Nornad, Pathanamthitta, challenging the circulars. Accordingly to the petitioner, the DPI had issued the circular in 2017 while the Director of Higher Secondary Education had passed the circular in July 2018.
The circulars ordered school managements not to install CCTV cameras in schools, on the ground that the use of cameras would cause mental hardships to students. Though the DPI had issued the circular in 2017, it was not implemented on account of the resistance by the managements of various schools.
The petitioner said that cameras were installed for the safety of and security of the school.
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