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Road Safety To Be Part of School Curricula

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According to Nitin R. Gokarn, joint secretary, ministry of road transport and highways, road safety is being related to all the subjects for Classes 8-12 as part of the Central Board of Secondary Education s(CBSE) syllabus. The subject is not be introduced as separate but it will be related to science, civics, history. It will be incorporated as interesting snippets so that students keep it in their mind. The NCERT syllabus committee is has already started fixing up the text.

For example, students would be asked to ponder over what the impact would be if a motorbike driven at speed of 80 kmph swerves off the road during a turn, thus relating it to physics.

There are 5 lakh (500,000) accidents in the country every year and 1.4 lakh (140,000) deaths due to accidents. This works out to an accident every four minutes and a fatality every nine minutes. The major proportion of accidents was from Tier-II cities, where people tend to break traffic rules more.

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