Tajik universities begin using security cameras


DUSHANBE -- Several universities in Tajikistan have installed security cameras to keep an eye on students and teachers, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)'s Tajik service reported Tuesday (September 12).

Officials are citing the need for security.

Such cameras have appeared at the entrance and in all lecture halls of Sadriddin Aini Tajik Pedagogical University in Dushanbe, said Nosirjon Salimi, the university's rector.

Other affected schools include the country's medical and agricultural universities.

The cameras provide security and will make bribery of teachers much more difficult, Bobojon Samiyev, Salimi's deputy in charge of the pedagogical university's academic department, told RFE/RL.

However, Dushanbe journalist Odili Nozir criticised such cameras as an invasion of teachers' and students' privacy.

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