Grade 11 learners across the Gauteng province will begin receiving free K53 learners licence lessons as of next year, according to the Gauteng Department of Education.
The announcement was made by MEC for education Panyaza Lesufi as he presented the department’s budget speech at the Gauteng Legislature.
Lessons will run over an 18 month period and learners will be provided with K53 license manuals to help equip with practical life skills.
“We have taken a decision that all our grade 11s must be given a K53. It’s for 18 months. Whether they either drop out or graduate, at least they just have to go and test for driving.” Lesufi said.
The announcement comes after the launch of Project Isizwe in Tshwane yesterday, which will see 213 schools in the city receiving free WiFi connectivity to benefit learners and their surrounding communities.
//Update 2/8 to correct the spelling of Panyaza Lesufi’s name. Apologies, MEC.