Will the Ministry offer cycling lessons among its list of activities for students in primary and secondary schools

Published Date: 11 July 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Sembawang GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) (a) whether the Ministry will offer cycling lessons among its list of activities for students in primary and secondary schools; and (b) whether there is any survey done to find out what percentage of our students cycle to schools.

Response

MOE’s primary focus on cycling is on safety. As part of the Physical Education curriculum in primary schools, students learn about personal safety and safety of others as a cyclist, as well as a pedestrian. This is taught in Primary 3. In addition, MOE is collaborating with Land Transport Authority to offer a cycling safety enrichment programme to students in Secondary Schools who are able to cycle. This would be a voluntary programme where students would be taught safe cycling practices. We currently have no specific plans to offer cycling lessons in our schools beyond this cycling safety enrichment programme.

MOE has not carried out any survey on the number of students who cycle to school. From schools’ observations, this number is small. Nevertheless, MOE will continue to work with partner agencies such as Land Transport Authority and Traffic Police to improve road safety infrastructure around schools to keep our students and other road users safe, including students who cycle to school. MOE will also continue to monitor the traffic situation and design programmes to promote student safety.

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