mysql 8 or above required , (found 5.6.31)

I have this in my Django 4.2.11’s which uses MySQL 8.1

    'default': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql',
        'NAME': os.environ['DATABASE_NAME'],
        'USER': os.environ['DATABASE_USER'],
        'PASSWORD': os.environ['DATABASE_PASS'],
        'HOST': os.environ['DATABASE_HOST'],
        'PORT': os.environ['DATABASE_PORT'],
    'scout': {
        'ENGINE': 'django.db.backends.mysql',
        'NAME': os.environ['SCOUT_DATABASE_NAME'],
        'USER': os.environ['SCOUT_DATABASE_USER'],
        'PASSWORD': os.environ['SCOUT_DATABASE_PASS'],
        'HOST': os.environ['SCOUT_DATABASE_HOST'],
        'PORT': os.environ['SCOUT_DATABASE_PORT'],

SCOUT_DATABASE_HOST is a remote IP which is on MySQL 5.6

query = f"INSERT INTO table_name ( ... )"

This query works when executed on the remote server’s MySQL 5.6 command line.

But on our Django server, it fails and throws an error that the mysql 8 or above required , (found 5.6.31)

        cursor_scout = connections['scout'].cursor()
        return JsonResponse({'status': 'true'})
    except Exception as e:
        return JsonResponse({'status': 'false', 'error': str(e)})

So Django is not executing the SQL query because the Django app is using a driver for 8.x specifically and is not willing to execute a query for a 5.6 server ?

Is there an option to specify in settings to use 5.6 driver for scout ?

Looking into different versions of django docs about MySQL the latest version that supported MySQL 5.6 is Django 3.1 that is out of LTS.