En­trepreneur­ship trumps driv­ing

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Si­waphiwe My­ataza

ADDING driv­ing lessons to the school cur­ricu­lum is ab­surd. Why not add en­trepreneur­ship?

I would like to know why is it im­por­tant that driv­ing lessons be in­cluded in the South African school cur­ricu­lum?

We don’t need a youth that can drive but a youth that is busi­ness-minded, with strong ideas to up­lift our econ­omy…

We need youths that will come up with strate­gies on the type of busi­nesses we need in the coun­try to boost our econ­omy, and will not rely on gov­ern­ment hand­outs, but will be proac­tive and make dreams a re­al­ity.

If driv­ing lessons are nec­es­sary be­cause we are try­ing to pro­mote road safety, we are miss­ing the point.

All that pupils should be wor­ry­ing about is pass­ing their sub­jects ex­cel­lently so they can en­rol in uni­ver­si­ties. The last pres­sure they need is to un­der­stand cars which they can’t even af­ford to buy.

Be­sides all that, I am fail­ing to un­der­stand the point of this ini­tia­tive be­cause nor­mally road ac­ci­dents are not a re­sult of youth un­der the age their of 21 years, but are caused by ir­re­spon­si­ble ma­ture driv­ers and usu­ally, peo­ple who are old enough to have their own fam­i­lies.

This move will en­cour­age pupils to steal their par­ents’ cars and go out with friends. Road ac­ci­dent statistics will in­crease rapidly.

The right way to do things is to let ev­ery­one take driv­ing lessons when they are ma­ture and know what they are do­ing.

En­trepreneur­ship skills is what we need. Kens­ing­ton, Jo­han­nes­burg

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