CI Primary School partners with Police on road safety

Blantyre: Catholic Institute (CI) Primary School in Blantyre and Manase Police Unit Traffic Officers have joined hands to intensify the control of morning traffic to help learners cross the road safely to the school.

This follows increase of road accidents involving learners being hit by vehicles around the school, especially in the morning hours when there was heavy traffic and drivers were impatient in giving chance to the learners attempting to cross the road.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA), Head teacher for the school, Marggie Mpaya, confirmed that ever since the police shared their responsibility of controlling traffic to them in 2017, they have not registered any accidents involving learners crossing the roads.

We work hand in hand with Manase Police Traffic Officers. Every day we are joined by one police officer from the unit who helps teachers and learners on duty to assist the pupils crossing the road, said Mpaya.

She added that initially, they were only trained by the road traffic directorate in the task and executed the responsibility without the help of traffic police.

The challenge we were facing was that some drivers were underrating the scholar controllers when they raised the stop sign posts at the pedestrian crossing, she said.

She said this was risky in as far as road safety was concerned and then lodged the concern to the Road Traffic Directorate who later connected them to Manase Police Traffic Officers who began to assist them.

Manase Police Unit Traffic Inspector, Grace Mchere, commended the efforts by CI Primary School in ensuring safety of the learners. She added that it was their wish to collaborate with scholar traffic controllers everyday to help the learners cross the road safely.

We always put the safety concerns of our school children at heart. Therefore, we will do all we can to ensure their safety on the road, said Mchere.

Manase Police Traffic Officers also work with other schools around the area like Namasimba, Nancholi and Mtendere Primary Schools.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA