Thursday, June 07, 2018 6.00PM / Proshare WebTV
The Federal Road Safety Commission Lagos Sector Command has solicited the support of stakeholders in deepening the road safety education in schools.
This was the position of the Sector Commander, FRSC Lagos Mr H.U. Omeje at a presentation on “The Implementation of Road Safety Education Curriculum in Lagos, as part of its mandate of ensuring road safety in the country.
The Sector commander believed it was time to take broader steps in inculcating the knowledge and understanding of road traffic crash at the primary to junior secondary school level.
Mr Omeje said the initiative further strengthened the actualization of the Corps mandate of educating the general public, on the proper use of the highways.
Speaking further on the essence of the road safety education in school, Omeje also listed the following; developing skills necessary to avert “Road Traffic Crashes”, understanding the consequences of “Road Traffic Crashes” and its cost to national development, to appreciate the role of road safety personnel and other law enforcement agents and developing positive attitude towards road usage.
He enumerated the challenges to include lack of instructional materials, inadequate number of teachers, inadequate knowledge of teachers on road safety education, non-inclusion of road safety topics in scheme at work and rejection of road safety education desk officers in government schools.
On the way forward, the Sector Commanded made a strong case for stakeholder’s acceptability of the initiative, inclusion of road safety topics in schools scheme of work, train the trainer programme for teachers and the provision of instruction materials for the road safety curriculum.
The Director of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry of Education, Lagos State Dr Christiana Sofolahan in an interview said the “Road Safety Curriculum” has already been inculcated in the system and will continue to work with the FRSC in improving its scope in the State.
The “Road Safety Education Curriculum” covers the Primary and Junior Secondary school levels, focusing on six subjects; Basic Science, Basic Technology, Basic Science and Technology, Civic Studies, Social Studies and English Studies.