THE Traffic Rules Enforcement Supervisory Committee is seeking
to promote road safety in Yangon by educating students about traffic
and pedestrian rules, Major General Myint Swe, the chair of the
Yangon Division Peace and Development Council, said last week.
“We are also working to control traffic, especially during
school hours, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents involving
students,” said Major General Myint Swe, who also is the
Commander of the Yangon Command.
He said 1249 traffic accidents were reported in Yangon in 2003,
resulting in 189 fatalities and 2270 injuries. Of these, 10 of
the fatalities and 82 of the injuries were suffered by children.
As of the end of August, this year has seen 821 accidents, 110
fatalities and 1423 casualties. Children accounted for nine of
the fatalities and 48 of the injuries.
Major General Myint Swe was speaking on September 29 at a ceremony
held at the Road Transport Administration Department’s headquarters
in Thingangyan township to donate traffic rule textbooks to area
He handed books for 2918 primary, middle and high schools in
Yangon Division’s 45 townships to U Aye Kyu, the director
general of the Department of Basic Education (3).
Six textbooks and a teaching guide will be provided to each
primary school, 12 textbooks and two teaching guides to each middle
school, and 18 textbooks and three teaching guides to each high
The books will be used to teach road safety in government schools
as part of an education campaign aimed at reducing road accidents.
Major-General Myint Swe said the textbooks and teaching guides
were introduced on September 13 to coincide with a familiarisation
workshop held at the Basic Education High School (2) in Latha
He said the workshop attracted more than 300 primary, middle
and high school teachers, as well as township education officers
and the heads of the schools.
Teachers who attended the first workshop led follow-up seminars
in their respective townships on September 27 to introduce the
book to their colleagues, he said.
Major-General Myint Swe said the committee was also planning
to conduct a similar workshop in Mandalay and would distribute
the books to government schools in Mandalay Division’s seven
There are 205 government schools in Mandalay Division. Major-General
Myint Swe said the books would gradually be distributed to government
schools throughout the country.