Arab Today, arab today computer lessons are out of date admits government
Last Updated : GMT 17:37:48
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Computer lessons are out of date, admits government

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Computer lessons are out of date, admits government

London - Arabstoday

Google\'s chairman, Eric Schmidt, said in August he was \'flabbergasted\' that computer science was not taught as standard in UK schools. Photograph: Murdo Macleod Computer lessons are out of date and too easy in English schools, the government has warned. Classes in computing – known as Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – are \"insufficiently rigorous\" and in need of reform, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said on Monday. The warning came as part of the government\'s response to an independent review into how the UK can become the world\'s leading hub for video games and visual effects companies. The review, published in February by Ian Livingstone and Alex Hope, who are leading figures in those industries, called for the state of ICT in schools to be \"urgently tackled\". They warned that if the government failed to address the problem, the UK would no longer remain globally competitive in these fields. The UK video games sector is worth more than £2bn in global sales a year – more than either its film or music industries. Visual effects is one of Britain\'s fastest growing industries. But both sectors fear they are losing their cutting edge because schools and universities are failing to teach pupils the necessary skills their industries need. \"The industries suffer from an education system that doesn\'t understand our needs,\" the review said, adding that ICT in schools only teaches pupils word processing and spreadsheets, and not the technical knowledge of computer science, such as coding and programming. Most university courses in video games or visual effects are flawed, the review said. It called for a computer science course – rather than ICT lessons – to be part of the national curriculum and a full review of the state of computing classes in schools. At the moment, ICT is compulsory for five- to 16-year-olds, but this may change following the government wide-ranging review of the national curriculum. In his response to the review, Ed Vaizey, the creative industries minister, said the government recognised that there was a difference between learning word processing and how to manipulate spreadsheets and acquiring the knowledge that underpins computer science. He said the government would be looking to improve GCSE courses and would help technology firms to work with schools to offer pupils \"a genuinely rigorous grounding in computer science\". Vaizey said there needed to be more high quality computer science teachers. \"Over the next few months, we will be looking at the best ways to achieve this,\" he said. There has been a 57% fall in the number of pupils taking ICT GCSE over the last five years, while last summer the number of students sitting computing A-level fell for eighth successive year. The Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, delivered a critique of the UK\'s education system during a lecture in August, saying the country had failed to capitalise on its record of innovation in science and engineering. Schmidt said the country that invented the computer was \"throwing away your great computer heritage\" by failing to teach programming in schools. \"I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn\'t even taught as standard in UK schools,\" he said. \"Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it\'s made. David Cameron later said Schmidt was right and admitted that Britain was not doing enough to teach the next generation of programmers. The Department for Education is due to publish a technology strategy for schools in the new year. Michael Gove, the education secretary, has praised schools that put their courses on the web.  

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today computer lessons are out of date admits government Arab Today, arab today computer lessons are out of date admits government

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models

GMT 18:12 2017 Friday ,24 February

Zainab al-Maliki reveals herTV presenter models
View News in Arabic - Education: التعليم الإلكتروني
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday