Barring any unforeseen circumstance, Road Safety will soon be taught in primary and secondary schools in the country as a school subject, the Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu, has said.
The Minister, who stated this when the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, visited him in his office, however, assured his vistor that the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), the agency in charge of curriculum development for schools, would be mandated to develop appropriate curriculum for Road Safety “as teaching subject in all primary and secondary school in the country.”
According to him, arrangements had also been concluded for the upgrading of the Federal Road Safety Academy in Udi, Enugu State, to a degree awarding institution.
While reiterating that he had directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) to work out the modalities for the upgrade in line with the necessary requirements for approval by government. Besides, the Minister said the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) would ensure standard in technical education delivery in schools.
On his part, Oyeyemi said the Commission had held several discussions with the NUC and the NBTE on the issue, adding that the proposed upgrade would go a long way in broadening the scope of academic activities and make the institution sustainable for growth and development.
“Consequent upon the recommendations of the NBTE, the institution would be relocated from Jos to Shendam, where the Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Lalong, had already donated a large expanse of land for the project,” Corps Marshal said. He stressed that the academy was not a new creation, but a de- sire to upgrade and reposition it for greater efficiency in the area of road safety management, which he noted, would be the first of its kind in Africa.
Oyeyemi further disclosed that the Academy in Plateau State would continue to award diplomas, while the one in Udi, Enugu State would be upgraded to a degree awarding status.
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