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CCTV at Karachi school: Everyone aware of cameras, says management

The school was sealed

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
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Posted: Nov 8, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago

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Report by Mudassir Nazir Officials of the Sindh Health Department found CCTV cameras installed in the women's washroom of The Haracks School in Karachi's Safoor Goth Scheme 33 on November 5. "Hidden CCTV cameras were installed behind a street with holes in the area of the washbasins situated with the toilets of girls and boys washrooms," a notification issued by the Sindh Directorate of Inspection/Registration of Private Institutions revealed. This way, one can easily watch the movements of male and female students and staff, it added. According to reports, videos of women were filmed through the cameras. On November 3, an inspection team of the education department raided the school after it received a complaint from a former teacher. CCTV cameras were installed behind a street with holes in the area of the washbasins situated with the toilets. During the inspection, which was conducted on November 3, a show-cause notice was issued to the school's management, and the principal was told to appear before the directorate's office the next day. When the management refused to respond, the registration of the school was revoked under Section 8 of the Sindh Private Institutions Ordinance, 2001. A vigilance committee was, on the other hand, been formed to probe into the matter. Later on, Guzar-e-Hijri Assistant Commissioner Nazir Abro told SAMAA correspondent Saad Sabri that the local administration had sealed the school on the recommendation of the education department We sealed the building in police presence, said Abro. It was the education department that conducted the inquiry, he said. School's response In a letter issued November 8, the management of The Haracks' School said that they were not given adequate time to respond to the complaint. Earlier this year in October, the school had issued a notice to a teacher after it received a complaint from some parents. The same teacher later submitted filed a complaint against the school. "She [the teacher], who has been working in the school for six years, suddenly claims for hidden cameras that were installed since 15 years which was completely in her knowledge." According to the management, the teacher's brother, who works for a local news channel, threatened to cancel their registration a few days back as well. "We would like to state that cameras have been installed at different locations in the school for the sole purpose of security as well as for students vigilance and monitoring purposes only," the statement added. The school has requested the education department to reconsider the suspension of the school and de-seal it immediately. The story was originally published on November 5 and has been updated with further details.
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Report by Mudassir Nazir

Officials of the Sindh Health Department found CCTV cameras installed in the women’s washroom of The Haracks School in Karachi’s Safoor Goth Scheme 33 on November 5.

“Hidden CCTV cameras were installed behind a street with holes in the area of the washbasins situated with the toilets of girls and boys washrooms,” a notification issued by the Sindh Directorate of Inspection/Registration of Private Institutions revealed.

This way, one can easily watch the movements of male and female students and staff, it added.

According to reports, videos of women were filmed through the cameras.

On November 3, an inspection team of the education department raided the school after it received a complaint from a former teacher.

CCTV found inside women's washroom at Karachi school
CCTV cameras were installed behind a street with holes in the area of the washbasins situated with the toilets.

During the inspection, which was conducted on November 3, a show-cause notice was issued to the school’s management, and the principal was told to appear before the directorate’s office the next day.

When the management refused to respond, the registration of the school was revoked under Section 8 of the Sindh Private Institutions Ordinance, 2001.

A vigilance committee was, on the other hand, been formed to probe into the matter.

Later on, Guzar-e-Hijri Assistant Commissioner Nazir Abro told SAMAA correspondent Saad Sabri that the local administration had sealed the school on the recommendation of the education department

We sealed the building in police presence, said Abro.

It was the education department that conducted the inquiry, he said.

School’s response

In a letter issued November 8, the management of The Haracks’ School said that they were not given adequate time to respond to the complaint.

Earlier this year in October, the school had issued a notice to a teacher after it received a complaint from some parents. The same teacher later submitted filed a complaint against the school.

“She [the teacher], who has been working in the school for six years, suddenly claims for hidden cameras that were installed since 15 years which was completely in her knowledge.”

According to the management, the teacher’s brother, who works for a local news channel, threatened to cancel their registration a few days back as well.

“We would like to state that cameras have been installed at different locations in the school for the sole purpose of security as well as for students vigilance and monitoring purposes only,” the statement added.

The school has requested the education department to reconsider the suspension of the school and de-seal it immediately.

The story was originally published on November 5 and has been updated with further details.

 
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