Amid the recent kidnapping of an eight-year-old at the Braeton Primary and Infant School that resulted in her death, the Ministry of Education and Youth says security cameras are to be installed at the institution and primary schools island wide.
Portfolio minister Fayval Williams made the announcement today (June 12) while speaking at a devotion held on the St Catherine school grounds.
She noted that security cameras were originally only installed in high schools, especially schools in dangerous communities. However, given recent events, the Ministry is moving to have CCTV cameras in primary schools.
“This morning, having seen what has happened here at this very quiet primary and infant school, we have to increase the safety and security at our primary schools. And so we will begin deploying cameras, in particular at the entrance of schools, so [that] at the very least, when there is a situation, we can at least get some footage. That is the commitment from the Ministry of Education and Youth,” said Williams.
The first set of cameras will be installed at the Braeton Primary and Infant School.
Danielle Rowe, an eight-old-year student from the institution, was abducted from the school and later found in St Andrew with injuries to her throat. She was transported to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where she underwent treatment.
However, the eight-year-old died early Saturday morning (June 10) due to her injuries.
Rowe is the daughter of an active Jamaica Constabulary Force corporal attached to the St Catherine South Division.
Investigations are ongoing to find the perpetrators.