No driver’s licenses promised

The Gauteng Department of Education clarified information regarding the K53 Learner Driver Programme.

The department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona, said there is a misconception that the objective of the programme is to provide driver’s licenses to learners.

He said the programme aims to empower learners in Grade 11 to obtain K53 learner driver’s licenses at no cost to the learner or their parents.

“Ultimately, the responsibility to register for and obtain driver’s licenses rests with the learner. The project will assist by providing learner’s licenses free of charge,” he said.

The project is a joint initiative between the Gauteng Department of Education and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport.

The main objective is to develop learners and provide them with critical life skills as part of youth empowerment.

It is also aimed at promoting road safety and awareness among Grade 11 learners.

The achievements of the programme include:

• 222 certified instructors have been employed and dispatched to different schools, to conduct necessary training and assist learners to write the learner license tests at different testing stations.

• 20 000 Grade 11 learners have been trained by the K53 Driver Instructor Programme and about 2 000 were tested for learner licenses.

Mabona said the outcome of the programme was to ensure that Grade 11 learners obtain learner driver’s license and not drivers’ licenses.

“It is incumbent upon the learner to apply for a driver’s license as soon as they obtain a learner’s license,” he said.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the department did not promise to offer driver’s licenses to learners but committed to assist Grade 11 learners to attain learner licenses in all non-fee-paying schools in Gauteng.

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