Govt mulls mandatory CCTV installation in nurseries, pre-schools: DPM

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KUALA LUMPUR: The governments mulls a study on the proposal for a mandatory installation of closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) in nurseries and pre-schools, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said this was among the proposed measures to address the abuse cases involving children at the centres. She said currently, some of the operators had installed CCTV on a voluntarily basis to monitor the centre’s daily operations and enhance security. “Some quarters had suggested that CCTV monitoring made a license requirement in opening a child care centre. “I have discussed the matter with the related agencies including the authorities to monitor, who would (responsible to) install it; how to ensure an holistic monitoring,” she said in reply to a supplementary question by Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN-UMNO Parit Sulong) at the Ministers’ Question Time (MQT) at the parliament today. Noraini had earlier asked on the government’s efforts to clear illegal child care centres and if a specific department to handle children’s management would be established to ensure a more systematic childcare aspect. Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the ministry continuously monitor such centres to ensure that the quality standards were met. “We also carry out scheduled inspections and spot checks at the nurseries done by the authorised officers from the district’s Social Welfare Office to ensure that they comply with the set childcare standards,” she said. She said the childcare industry had yet to fully develop her and it was spurred by the families’ financial capacity, causing an unsatisfactory supply and demand chain. “Most of the babysitters are earning meagre salary while waiting for a better job offer,” she said, adding that the ministry would review the Child Care Centre Act 1984 to ensure that babysitters hold accreditation in childcare and early childhood education. #INFO16,873 - babysitters in child care centres registered with Welfare Department (until June)

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