Govt committed to road safety education

THE Road Safety Department would like to thank the writer CAT from Klang, “Road safety education is important” (The Star, April 21) and Disillusioned Citizen from Subang Jaya “Buck up on road safety education” (The Star, April 22) for their feedback and shared concern about the current status of road safety education in schools.

Road safety was first introduced into the school syllabus in 2007 as part of a pilot project and taught for one period a week to Year 1 students through the Bahasa Malaysia subject where elements of road safety were incorporated in the teaching of Bahasa Malaysia. This means that children were taught road safety while learning to read and write.

The success of the pilot project prompted the Government to implement Road Safety Education for Year 1 students nationwide in 2008. As of 2009, the programme has already been taught to all Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 students in government and vernacular schools through the collaborative effort of the Education and Transport Ministries.

The Road Safety Department has already printed the educational material for Road Safety Education in schools for the primary level from Year 1 to Year 6. There is currently some delay in the training of school teachers for Year 3, 5 and 6 which we still hope to commence by May to allow implementation of road safety education for Year 3, 5 and 6 to commence upon completion of the training programme for teachers.

The Government is very committed to this programme and will see it through as it realises the importance of such education in shaping and moulding the minds of our younger generation to create and nurture a first world road safety mindset within our society.

by Datuk Suret Singh,

Director General, Road Safety Department.

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