Road Safety Education In Secondary Schools
Some years ago, road safety education was incorporated into the curriculum of secondary schools through the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission and some stakeholders. This is a good step in the right direction as it obtains in several countries. Be that as it may, why has it taken so long to implement this curriculum fully in schools?
I want to use this forum to challenge the new Honourable Minister of Education to organise a stakeholders meeting involving all the state commissioners of education and other stakeholders to use the deep-dive prototyping approach to set the ball rolling for immediate result – oriented implementation of the road safety curriculum in all the public and private secondary schools in Nigeria.
The Federal Road Safety Commission should package a training manual and a refresher training for the secondary school teachers (particularly the Physical and Health Education Teachers).
Nigerian Students must start learning about Road Safety from JSS 1 and by the time they get to SSS 3, they already have the knowledge of the A – Z of road safety (all the topics contained in the curriculum). This will greatly help them as pedestrians, cyclists, vehicle occupants and as drivers later in the future. This is what obtains in UK and several other countries. Hence their low single digit between 3.2 – (3.6 per cent) of road accident rating in the face of Nigeria is high 2digit rating (33.7 per cent).
The earlier the implementation of the secondary school road safety Curriculum commences, the better for the reduction of the rate of road accidents and fatalities in Nigeria both now and in the future.
In the same vein, the Federal Road Safety Commission should liaise with the National Universities Commission, National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for colleges of education to work out the modality for the incorporation of Road Safety Education into the Curriculum of the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
When I was in the University of Lagos, we were compelled to study General African Studies Course as well as French (These Courses were mandatory for all students irrespective of your course of study in the university). Truly, these courses helped quite a number of students to know several things they wouldn’t have known.
I am of the opinion that if road safety education is made a compulsory course in the first year of all students in the tertiary institutions, it will further instill the road safety culture in them and for onward transmission to others. We need to go beyond talking into proactive and result – oriented actions.
A stitch in time saves nine.
Source: The Nation Nigeria