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GP schools to start K53 programme

GDE says a learners license programme for pupils is ready to be implemented.

FILE. The GDE says a learners license programme for pupils will is ready to be implemented. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says plans to start a learners license programme for school pupils is ready for implementation following a successful pilot project tested on grade 11 pupils.

The department plans to start teaching the K53 license manual to pupils in a bid to better equip them with practical life skills.

The programme is being headed by new Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who says the course will run for 18 months.

"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."

Meanwhile, 218 schools in some of Tshwane's poorer areas will have access to free Wi-Fi for the first time from next week, as the city rolls out its internet connectivity programme.

Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will officially launch the Wi-Fi activation in Soshanguve, Mamelodi, and Atteridgeville on Wednesday next week.

He says a further roll out will be carried out in the City Centre.

"The World Bank has indicated there's a relationship between internet connectivity and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and also that the maturity of internet eco-systems have the ability to raise leading standards within our people."