CALLS by a group representing Victoria’s principals to have CCTV cameras installed in state school foyers to prevent staff from being harassed are unnecessary in Orange, according to one former principal.
Former Orange High School principal Maree Angus, who was a principal for 13 years and a teacher for 26 years, said she never felt threatened at any of the schools she worked at in the region.
She said the issue of CCTV cameras had not been brought up by any other members of the profession that she knew of.
“The parents and community in Orange are very respectful, “ she said.
Australian Principals Federation president Chris Cotching, who represents the group calling for the changes, said he received calls every day from principals reporting abusive parents disrupting their schools.
That might happen in Victoria, but it does not happen here, Mrs Angus said.
A Monash University survey released in July showed Australian principals experienced physical violence at more than six times the rate of the general population.
NSW Teachers Federation country organiser John Pratt said the federation would wait to see evidence of the effectiveness of CCTV cameras at reducing the rate of abuse and bullying before they announced their position on the idea.
“If they protect students and teachers then that would be a good thing, but until we see evidence of that, evidence that it is curbing violence, then we have no position on it,” he said.
An education department spokesperson said the government was developing more training and support for principals to deal with aggressive behaviour.