Online plat­form con­nects driv­ers, teach­ers

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHOUMO in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong sally@chi­nadai­

An in­no­va­tive online plat­form that pro­vides ser­vices for prospec­tive driv­ers was launched this­mon­thin Shen­zhen, al­low­ing driv­ing stu­dents to book classes di­rectly with in­struc­tors.

Stu­dents log­ging onto the WeChat ac­count “myJi­aKao” are able to choose car in­struc­tors and book classes by them­selves.

So far, more than 100 driv­ing in­struc­tors in Shen­zhen have reg­is­tered on the plat­form, ac­cord­ing to an em­ployee sur­namedHan at Shen­zhen Tian Yi Hui Tong Tech­nol­ogy, the com­pany that de­vel­oped the plat­form.

“Sim­i­lar to the car-hail­ing app Didi Kuaidi, our plat­form acts as a bridge be­tween driv­ing stu­dents and in­struc­tors,”

Our plat­form acts as a bridge be­tween driv­ing stu­dents and in­struc­tors.” An em­ployee sur­named Han at Shen­zhen Tian Yi Hui Tong Tech­nol­ogy

saidHan. “It can help solve dif­fi­cul­ties in book­ing classes through driv­ing schools and re­duce tu­ition fees for stu­dents.”

Ac­cord­ing to the pric­ing on “myJi­aKao”, a com­plete driv­ing course costs about 5,180 yuan ($810). The price at tra­di­tional driv­ing schools is nor­mally more than 7,000 yuan in the coastal city.

Driv­ing in­struc­tors who want to register on the plat­form need to pro­vide their driv­ing and teach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions, as well as qual­i­fied teach­ing ve­hi­cles.

A num­ber of driv­ing schools in Shen­zhen are cur­rently car­ry­ing out re­forms by rent­ing their teach­ing venues and ve­hi­cles out to in­struc­tors, who, in turn, pay a cer­tain amount of man­age­ment fees to the schools.

“In­struc­tors who re­ceive stu­dents through our plat­form are able to earn the ma­jor­ity of the tu­ition fees, higher than the amount they get in driv­ing schools,” said Liu Wan­jun, ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager of the com­pany. The plat­form only charges about 10 per­cent of the fees as com­mis­sion, she said.

Driv­ing stu­dents are able to gain greater au­ton­omy in the learn­ing process through the online plat­form, Liu added. “They can ar­range for classes ac­cord­ing to their own sched­ule. More­over, they can give rat­ings to the in­struc­tors, help­ing them im­prove the qual­ity of their teach­ing and at­ti­tude.”

How­ever, some Shen­zhen res­i­dents have reser­va­tions about the new ser­vice. Wang Tian, who got her driver’s li­cense last year, said that although it was hard to book classes be­cause of the large num­ber of stu­dents, she would still choose to register at a tra­di­tional driv­ing school.

“Com­pared with the online plat­form, study­ing at tra­di­tional driv­ing schools is more sys­tem­atic and re­li­able. I knowwhomto talk to if I meet any prob­lem or dif­fi­culty,” the 33-year-old house­wife said.

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