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A Chinese political advisor proposed that survival education should be included in the teaching program of schools across the country, Beijing Evening News reports.
The proposal came right after the two recent devastating earthquakes that rocked China's southwest Yunnan province and east coast of Japan.
He Wei, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and director of an eye hospital in northeast China, initiated at the ongoing parlimentay sessions that more emphasis must be paid on survival education for students.
Nealy 20,000 students are killed in fires, traffic accident, stampedes and food poisonings every year, 80% of the accidents actually can be avoid if they have received formal survival education, He explained.
According to a resent survey, 95% young people never have survival education. Thus, most people are thrown into panic and do not know what to do, He added.
He Wei suggests all parties, including schools, residential communities and media, should take part in this regard. Primary schools should teach pupils how to escape during accidents and disasters while secondary schools are responsible for giving instruction in self and mutual aid.