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THE L impopo department of roads and transport has launched a computerised learner's licence testing system in a bid to curb corruption and other irregularities at driver testing stations .
MEC Pinky Kekana announced that the department had allocated R20, 8million for the new system, which is now operational at the Polokwane, Tzaneen, Makhado, Marble Hall and Lephalale municipal testing stations.
Kekana said they were investigating the possibility of having a mobile unit that could be deployed to problematic testing centres and schools across the province.
"As we launch the new system we take time to reflect on the importance of this service and the benefits it brings," she said.
Being in possession of a valid driver's licence has increasingly become one of the requirements to access the job market.
The new system, which is run by Gauteng-based company Neo Africa has already been piloted in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
According to Neo Africa project consultant AK Amod the system offers a genuinely user-friendly environment to the applicant.
"Questions are presented through visual graphics on-screen and answered by touching the correct image. The test is available in all official languages," Amod said.
The new electronic system replaces the old manual method, which was infamous for its flaws and for being manipulated by corrupt examiners and applicants.
The manual system allegedly made it possible for examiners to complete answer sheets on behalf of applicants. Applicants could even buy test questions, answers and examiners overlooking wrong answers.
With the computer system said to be user-friendly some driving school operators welcomed the initiative with caution.
Capricorn district driving schools association chairperson Jeff Mashiane said: "While we appreciate the new development, we are more concerned about the high level of computer illiteracy among candidates who will be applying for learner's licenses.
"We have candidates who have never touched a computer in their life. This is not going to be easy like the way people think," Mashiane said.
After completing the learner's licence test the applicant can access the results within two seconds.