All South Korean Daycare Centers To Get Surveillance Systems
D-Bo , Jan. 22, 2015, 6:15 p.m.
South Korean lawmakers are in works to pass a bill in February that would require all daycares in Korean to install surveillance cameras. The country has been rocked by a series of child abuse cases stemming from childcare centers.
The bill will affect around 40,000 daycare centers in Korea starting March. Lawmakers say that this bill will ensure that daycare center teachers are properly monitored and reduce the cases of child abuse.
The bill will also improve daycare center employees' working conditions. On average, an employee works 9.3 hours per day and is paid 1.31 million won (approx. $1,200 USD) per month. Lawmakers say they will reduce their hours and increase their pay, saying this will also help prevent child abuse.
Some day care center teachers believe the new bill will be violating their privacy, however others don't mind the change. One day care center teacher stated, "I don't want to hand over my privacy because another person at a different daycare center hit a kid," and another countered, "If you are just doing your job, you have nothing to worry about. Cameras are fine for me."
The bill was sparked by numerous case beginning with one day care center teacher who was caught tying a 4-year-old's wrists together in November, another forced his/her students to eat bugs, another threw a 2-year-old child to the ground repeatedly, and most recently, two different Incheon day care center teachers were caught on CCTV slapping or punching their students in the face.