Under-educated can get driving lessons

The road education directorate is opening up classes for those persons who did not have an education past the sixth grade.

In an announcement Wednesday, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, which oversees driver education courses in Costa Rica, said that May is the month for people to learn the rules of the road. The sites will be at the headquarters of the Dirección General de Educación Vial in San José as well as the sites in Heredia, Alajuela and San Ramón.

The ministry said that the registration will start next Monday and run until April 28. The month-long course costs only 5,000 colons and applicants must attend two classes each week before taking the theoretical test, according to officials. The test will not be an additional charge.

The effort is for those persons who did not complete their education to still be able to obtain a driver’s license in a manner that caters to the additional assistance those persons may need, a statement from the ministry said.

The requirements for enrolling are to present on the first day of classes a certified document from the regional education department certifying that the applicant did not complete the second cycle of their primary education.

There is even an allowance towards foreign nationals as well. With foreigners, a certificate from the education ministry of the country of origin must be notarized by the consulate of the applicant’s embassy indicating an incompletion in one’s studies.

Officials emphasized that playing hooky won’t be allowed either. Attendance upon registration is mandatory pending any health emergency or death in the family, according to the ministry.

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