Dull IT courses could hit UK economy, warns Royal Society


Dull IT courses could hit UK economy, warns Royal Society

Kathleen Hall

Computer science courses are so dull that students' are being put off the subject, according to the Royal Society.

Unless significant improvements are made this could have a very negative impact on the UK's economy, it warned.

Steve Furber, fellow of the Royal Society, said, "We are watching the enthusiasm of the next generation waste away through poorly conceived courses and syllabuses. If we cannot address the problem of how to educate our young people in inspirational and appropriate ways, we risk a future workforce that is totally unskilled and unsuited to tomorrow's job market."

For UK plc to remain a leader in technology there needs to be a concerted effort from schoolteachers, University academics and professionals to ensure schoolchildren understand and are inspired by what computing really is, said Bill Mitchell, director at BCS Academy of Computing.

This follows a study from the Joint Council of Qualifications, which found that the number of students studying computing is plummeting across the UK, with a fall of 33% in ICT GCSE students in the past three years.

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