Schools in Maharashtra to train students in traffic rules and road safetyUpdated: Oct 15, 2020, 23:31 IST
Students studying in state schools will now learn about basic traffic rules and road safety measures as part of their everyday classes in schools.
The directorate of primary education issued a circular on Wednesday asking its officials to ensure that students in schools across the state learn about the basic traffic rules and road safety.
As per the circular, a group of resource persons, consisting of teachers and government officials will be trained by the state education department and the officials from the regional transport offices (RTOs) this month. The resource persons would then train teachers in their respective districts who will go on to train students.
Instead of limiting the awareness about road safety to a few days, the department has asked teachers to make it a part of their ‘everyday teaching’.
“Teachers should include concepts while conducting their regular classes. In the current situation, since education is happening online, the training should also be done in the digital mode,” states the circular.
The Pune RTO had earlier written to the education department suggesting the inclusion of traffic rules in their regular syllabus. Taking note of the suggestion, the department has now decided to implement the move across the state.
Teachers said that the move would help students in the long run. “If students are aware, they will also create awareness among their parents. We see a lot of mishaps happening on roads only because traffic and road safety rules are not followed. We hope the training helps address these issues,” said Ameena Shaikh, a teacher from a civic body school in Malad.