"We are looking at the option of e-learning for the lectures. Studies are being conducted now and, if everything works out, we may have it soon. The idea is to make life easier for people and offer as many smart solutions as possible," said Arif Al Malik, Director of Drivers Training and Qualification at RTA’s Licensing Agency.
If implemented, the e-learning system will save candidates the hassle of attending lectures at driving schools in person, though the traditional classes will continue to be in place.
"The candidate will simply log in using his registration details and attend the eight lectures from the comfort of his office or home or wherever he is and whenever he is free," Al Malik said.
The e-learning concept is similar to online distance education programmes, which are very popular these days, he said.
The sessions will be interactive and there will be continuous discussion between the trainee and the trainer through live video link, he added.
The RTA will make sure that each and every candidate who opts for e-learning attends the lectures and will ensure his identity through face detection cameras and eye scanners, the official said.
The e-learning programme is proposed to be launched with applicants for light vehicle licences in the first phase and will cover other categories only after the experiment proves successful.
"The programme is currently under study and RTA is currently in talks with vendors to provide a viable platform for the implementation of e-learning. We have received proposals from a number of vendors and we are working on these to make them suitable to our requirements. As a first step towards this, we have made practice version of theory test available on the RTA mobile app," Al Malik said.
However, he added that though the theory classes are likely to be offered online soon, the theory test may not go online anytime soon.