To instill traffic awareness among adult road users, the government has decided to follow the footsteps of developed countries such as the UK and US to catch them young and teach road norms in schools itself.
With an alarming rise in the number of road accident cases, the ministry of road transport and highways has planned to include a chapter on road safety in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) social science syllabus from Class 6 to 10.
The chapter will teach students on how to cross a street safely and correctly.
The chapter will also impart lessons on understanding the traffic signs and using zebra crossings, foot-over bridges and sub-ways.
"If everything goes as per the plan, the new chapter will be included in the syllabus in the next academic session," said a senior government official.The Delhi traffic police, which have significantly brought down the number of road accident cases through massive prosecution, feel that there is an urgent need to educate the GenX users about traffic safety norms.
“This is a unique initiative. Inclusion of the chapter on road safety would invariably help curb road accidents in
Delhi if trained teachers impart traffic lessons to students,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
The Central Board of Secondary Education has already sent a draft chapter to the government.
Members of the syllabus committee will meet the ministry members on Friday and finalise the draft.
"We will take inputs from the Delhi traffic police and organisations like the International Road Federation (IRF), Institute of Road Traffic Education and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers and incorporate these to the chapter," said a senior ministry official.
KK Kapila, chairman of IRF, an organisation that promotes the development and maintenance of roads, said, "In the
first phase, a chapter on road safety will be included in the syllabus, while we will try and include road safety in many other subjects like geometry, geography and science, among others."
In 2011, the total number of deaths stood at 2,066 in 2,007 road accidents. A year before, 2,153 deaths were reported in 2,014 mishaps.
This year till February 15, a total of 202 people have died in 198 accidents, while last year during this period 258 people were killed in 251 accidents.