National Student Council: Surveillance cameras – a valuable tool, deter negative incidents, provide evidence

Surveillance cameras are a valuable tool, deterring negative incidents and providing audio-video evidence for their investigation, say representatives of the National Student Council, who state that as long as the safe storage of video images is a priority, there will be no problems.

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The Minister of Education, Ligia Deca, informed on Monday, in a press conference, that the legislative framework is to be changed so that schools can decide to install video-audio surveillance systems to ensure the security and protection of people and property, as well as that measure to prevent acts of violence.

“Unfortunately, the reality in some educational institutions is overshadowed by incidents of bullying, harassment and other forms of violence, as well as vandalism (students can be intimidated or physically assaulted by their colleagues, and school goods and personal items can be damaged). These aspects create an unsafe environment and contrary to the principles by which educational systems are guided. Therefore, the National Council of Students supports the implementation of measures that lead to an increase in the degree of safety in schools. Surveillance cameras are a valuable tool in this sense, discouraging negative incidents and providing audio-video evidence for their investigation. Recordings can help identify perpetrators, protect vulnerable students and streamline the investigation process.”CNE representatives say in a press release.

According to the quoted source, as long as the safe storage of video images is a priority there will be no problems.

“Security measures can vary, an example being access control, limited to authorized personnel, with a clear and documented justification for opening an investigation – we believe that this is one of the correct methods of accessing records. We certainly want the competent bodies to can achieve a clear and overall picture of the risk situations to which certain people in the school premises were exposed”, say CNE representatives.

CNE claims that students, teachers and parents must be “clearly” informed about the location of the cameras, their type, the length of storage of the recordings and the access procedures, aspects that “must be properly regulated”.