The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has advised driving school training providers to uphold professionalism so as to imbibe road safety consciousness in learners.
The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the advice in Port Harcourt on Friday at the 2020 National Driving School Proprietors/Instructors Training programme.
The programme was organised by FRSC for operators of driving schools in the South-South geopolitical zone.
Oyeyemi, represented by Deputy Corps Marshal Shehu Zaki, said that the theme of this programme — “Drivers Education Training: Aligning with Global Best Practices’’ – aimed at reinjecting professionalism into the sector.
He underscored the need for driving school operators and instructors to expand their knowledge base, experience and patience, while improving their communication skills to enable them to effectively impact on the trainees.
He also stressed the importance of the training and retraining of instructors, saying that the two-day programme would further expose participants to their responsibilities.
The FRSC boss said that instructors would be introduced to digital innovations in the sector, adding that they would be educated on practical teaching techniques and assessment.
He also said that the instructors would be introduced to basic security awareness approaches.
The Rivers State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Osima Ginah, lauded FRSC for organising the training, assuring the corps of the ministry’s cooperation in efforts to strengthen the Driving School Standardisation Programme (DSSP).
Ginah said that the DSSP would help to regulate operational standards at training outlets, while inculcating safety consciousness and proficiency in the trainees.
Also speaking, the state FRSC Sector Commander, Corps Commander, Salisu Galadunci, said that the DSSP was geared toward ensuring standards in driving schools.
According to him, there has been continuous improvement in theoretic and practical contents of the programme since its introduction.
“This is an annual exercise; all lapses so far observed during the period will be appropriately addressed.
“Based on our operational guidelines, driving schools have greatly improved on standards,” he added.