Starting 2019, schools to have road safety lessons

Children studying at state government, aided and unaided schools will learn lessons on road safety from the 2019-20 academic year.

Published: 31st January 2018 02:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2018 03:51 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Children studying at state government, aided and unaided schools will learn lessons on road safety from the 2019-20 academic year. Following a proposal by the Transport Department to make reading on road safety compulsory for children, the Primary and Secondary Education Department has given the go-ahead to incorporate the same in the school syllabus. However, since the textbook print orders have already been given, it will not be possible to incorporate this in 2018-19, officials said.

State Primary and Secondary Education Minister Tanveer Sait said, “We cannot incorporate the suggestions as and when we get them. This will only be possible from the academic year 2019-20.”
D Roopa, IGP and Additional Commandant General, Home Guards and Ex-officio Additional Director, Civil Defence, Bengaluru, said, “Our kids need to be given practical experience on road traffic issues. Schools must also make children play the role of traffic controller at least one hour in a week.”

Teachers will undergo a specialised capacity building training on road safety. Institute of Road Traffic Education, New Delhi, will conduct the  programme. Selected teachers will be considered as the master trainers.

Syllabus includes
Information on violation of traffic rules and punishment for the same
Lessons on road safety which includes speed, overtaking and pedestrian safety
Knowledge about emergency contacts during road mishaps, contacts of highway patrol

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