Chinese Schools Ordered to Hire Security Officers
Responding to a December attack by a knife-wielding man who injured 23 young students, top law enforcement officials say schools and kindergartens now must have at least one full-time security officer, according to an article from China Daily.
A campaign targeting crime in areas around schools and kindergartens will be launched soon, according to officials at a Beijing meeting on Wednesday, the article says. Meanwhile, the People’s Daily reported that the infrastructure, food, fire and transportation safety around schools and kindergartens will be examined.
The meeting did not specify the funding source for security officers, and that is causing schools in poor areas to worry, China Daily reports.
Municipal authorities in Beijing started requiring schools and kindergartens to hire security officers in 2010, and the capital city’s education commission has pledged to provide funding for kindergartens with financial difficulties, the article says.
However, primary and middle schools – especially those for children of migrant workers in Beijing – have to pay for security officers with their own money.
By the end of 2013, Shanghai will provide all of its schools and kindergartens with monitoring devices and security personnel, the municipality’s education commission said on Thursday, the article reports. Each school and kindergarten will have three or four security personnel, who will receive training from a professional security company. Those schools are also required to strengthen monitoring programs, as well as equip their campuses with alarms and monitoring systems, the article says.
By the end of 2012, a total of 13,655 security personnel had been allocated to the 3,290 middle and primary schools and kindergartens, according to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.