Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students may get lessons on road safety from the next academic year.
Chapters on road norms, traffic signs, highway codes, traffic hazards and related topics will be included in the syllabus for subjects such as English, Hindi and Science. The board is also organising a national filmmaking contest to spread awareness on road safety.
The move to include road safety in the curriculum is aimed at reducing the number of road accidents involving youngsters.
“Students are becoming irresponsible while walking on the road. They listen to music or are often glued to their mobile phones even while crossing the road,” said a senior education official from the board. “So, it is important for students to know the dos and don’ts to ensure that they are safe while travelling.”
The human resource development ministry and the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) are currently reviewing the proposal to include road safety lessons in the curriculum, which is to be prepared by the US-based International Road Federation (IRF) and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) in Delhi.
“Once it is approved, we will start designing and publishing the books. If all goes to plan, the curriculum will be introduced from the upcoming academic year,” said the official.
Many schools in the city already conduct road safety awareness programmes and are looking forward to the issue being addressed in the curriculum.
“We have formed a road safety patrol comprising students and trained teachers. Students will take road safety much more seriously once it is included in the syllabus,” said Jayashree Khandekar, principal, DAV Public School, New Panvel.
Students have also been asked to prepare short films on themes such as overspeeding, overloading, drink driving, the use of helmets, cyclists’ safety etc.
The winning entries will get a chance to showcase their film during National Road Safety Week from January 11 to 17. Students can send their entries for the contest by December 15.
“The filmmaking contest will help raise awareness and power ahead road safety as a national movement in the country,” said Sadhana Parashar, director, academics, research, technology and innovation.
Road safety lessons
* Initially, topics on road safety will be included in the syllabus for classes 6 to 10 in subjects such as English, Hindi and Science.
* Depending on the response, it will be included in other subjects or be taught as a separate subject in the coming years
* The curriculum will be prepared by the International Road Federation (IRF) and Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE).
* MHRD and NCERT are reviewing the proposal for the curriculum. If approved, it will be implemented from the next academic year