Another school with CCTVs in student toilets

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 14 — Another school in the Klang Valley has been exposed for installing close-circuit cameras (CCTV) in students’ toilets, following the furore over such surveillance  at SMK Seri Sentosa on Jalan Kuchai Lama.

According to a report by The Star today, SMK USJ 12 in Subang Jaya had cameras installed in the boys’ toilets a few years ago ostensibly to catch students smoking in there.

A member of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at the school told newspaper that live footage taken from the toilets’ sink area was viewable at a senior school official’s office.

“Not many parents are actually aware that the cameras are inside the toilets since the students never complain about it.

“[The students] may think that it is not an issue to have the cameras in there,” said the committee member who demanded the removal of the cameras before next week’s PTA meeting.

School principal Siti Salmiah, however, told the daily that the cameras were installed outside the toilets.

The PTA member said having the cameras in the toilets, no matter where it was pointed, is too close for comfort.

The Sun daily had previously reported that the Bar Council said parents of SMK Seri Sentosa students can file police reports against the school for outraging the modesty of their children by allowing video footage of them in both male and female toilets to be recorded.

Last Wednesday, the Education Ministry ordered the immediate removal of the surveillance cameras.