It is a known fact that certain crimes and malpractices take place in schools and other educational institutions. I was wondering how can this crimes be eliminated or at least be minimized? In case of hidden cameras are introduced, how effective can these be dealing with theses problems? Before discussing the effectiveness of hidden cameras, let us itemize for what they can be used:
1. To Prevent stealing- There are some students who are in the habit of stealing stuffs from their colleagues. Mostly, they went uncaught in the absence of physical evidences. However, in the presence of hidden cameras there will be sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of the culprit. This will also serve as a deterrent to any potential criminal.
2. To Monitor Indecent Behavior- Character and disposition vary from one individual to another and as such students might subject their colleagues to various types of bully and physical harassment. Some even go to the extent of introducing unwanted sexual approaches. If they are prosecuted to the school authorities they often deny any involvement in such indecent behavior. In the presence of evidence the situation will be dealt with easily.
3. Dealing with Cheating- Examinations are meant to assess students’ abilities; so that teachers can identify areas of weaknesses and strengths. Learning strategies can be diversified to address shortcomings and bring about improvement where necessary. Therefore, if exams do not truly reflect the reality of their abilities, there will not be successful solutions to learning. When students are aware that they are being monitored by cameras they may give up hope of cheating during exams for fear of being caught. They may be forced to prepare well for their examinations and their overall learning performance may finally improve.
4. Prevention of Potential Crimes- In a situation wherein a student might tend to become aggressive because of certain psychological problem; a close circuit camera can be might be helpful in aborting a potential crime. In effect, school administration may deal with students’ crimes by taking appropriate actions against potentially dangerous as well proven dangerous students.
Having enumerated some important benefits of using hidden cameras, I’m still wondering what are the odds of establishing such a technological system? Would there be enough government allocated budget to maintain this system? If funds are used for this purpose, should this money have been better spent on the actual educational system in terms of teachers’ salaries and provision of advanced technology for the teaching process? Would this security system lead students to adopt other anti-security strategies? Or should we deal with the causes of these crimes rather with the crimes directly? Whatever the case might be in a scenario where solutions to prevent crimes have been proved to be ineffective, spy camera will be of great usefulness. Please feel free to share your ideas with me in connection to this issue of using hidden cameras.