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by kang soon chen
PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has ordered SMK Sri Sentosa in Kuchai Lama to remove the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in its toilets.
Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said the school had been told to remove the CCTV cameras immediately, which had been installed in the toilets of both male and female students since March.
“It is not appropriate to put CCTV cameras in the toilet,” Idris told reporters after attending a briefing for Malaysian students studying in Egypt.
The school was at the centre of controversy recently over the cameras which were installed purportedly to curb vandalism among its students.
It was reported that the 64 CCTVs were installed in the school with a 2,043 student population.
School principal Rahmah Abd Haji had earlier defended the move, saying that the CCTVs in the toilets were pointed at the sink, and not toilet cubicles.
"Parents were asked to give their consent before the CCTVs were installed. Only 30% of the parents surveyed objected to the installation of the CCTVs, and we have to follow the voice of the majority,” Rahmah said.
“Furthermore, the installation was funded by the PTA (Parent-Teachers Association) and approved by the Education Ministry,” she added.
Meanwhile, PTA chairperson Premala Oyen had reportedly said that current PTA team which only came to office in late March had not been party to the decision.
A check by The Star at the school’s male student toilet earlier this week revealed students splashing water at each other during schooling hours while the covers of the toilet tanks had been vandalised.
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