Secondary school teachers want traffic safety lessons

Summary

Nearly half of all teachers in Dutch-speaking secondary education would like to see traffic safety concepts integrated into their courses

More emphasis needed on mobility

Nearly 48% of teachers in secondary education want mobility and traffic safety to be part of the programme, according to a survey carried out by the Flemish Foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV). Currently, there are only courses on traffic safety in primary education.

The VSV questioned 453 teachers and directors from schools in Flanders and Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels. More than 85% reacted affirmatively to the suggestion of testing students’ knowledge about traffic safety and mobility. Traffic safety should, however, not become a separate course but be integrated into other courses. Lessons in physics could, for example, include a section on braking distance.

According to the study, traffic safety is only dealt with once during the year in four out of 10 secondary schools. VSV hopes that traffic safety education receives considerable attention during the discussions on the reform of secondary education.

“Traffic safety is close to my heart,” Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits, who was responsible for mobility in the previous government, told De Morgen. “The question of how  traffic safety education can be integrated in secondary education will be part of the discussions with the education sector.”

Crevits also pointed out that “traffic safety and mobility” is already included in the vakoverschrijdende eindtermen – the final requirements for students to graduate.

Educational system

The Flemish educational system is divided into two levels: primary (age six to 12) and secondary school (12 to 18). Education is compulsory for children between the ages of six and 18.
Types - There are three educational networks in Flanders: the Flemish Community’s GO! network, and publicly funded education – either publicly or privately run.
Not enough space - In recent years, Flemish schools have been struggling with persistent teacher shortages and a growing lack of school spaces.
No tuition fees - Nursery, primary and secondary school are free in Flanders.
1

million school-going children in 2013

30

million euros Flemish education budget for new school infrastructures in 2013

11

percent of boys leaving secondary school without a diploma