The Chinese Ministry of Education on Tuesday urged all education departments and schools to take steps to ensure traffic safety among schoolchildren, after 14 students were killed in an accident in central China on Monday.
Xu Mei, spokeswoman of the ministry, said at a press conference that lessons must be learnt and children's safety given top priority.
Traffic accidents are the biggest cause of accidental deaths among Chinese schoolchildren, said Xu.
Xu asked local education bureaus and schools to inform students and their parents about Monday's accident to raise road safety awareness.
She said vehicles in poor condition should not be used as school buses.
She also said educational authorities would work with transport authorities to improve road safety for schoolchildren.
Monday's deadly accident happened when a three-wheeler taking primary school children to school plunged into a creek in a village in Hengyang City, Hunan Province.
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