Schools fail students and business with poor ICT lessons

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Schools fail students and business with poor ICT lessons

Kathleen Hall

Most UK secondary school students are not being taught the necessary IT skills to prepare them for future employment, according to research from Microsoft.

Around 71% of 16 to 18-year-olds surveyed said they learn more about technology outside the classroom, while 58% said they have a greater level of understanding of IT than their teachers, it found.

These results reveal a major concern for businesses if schools are not equipping students with the appropriate skills and knowledge for future employment, said Steve Beswick, senior director of Education at Microsoft UK.

"The education sector has not been immune to recent budget cuts, but this is a time to transform education, re-invest in technology and integrate IT into every aspect of the classroom. We still need to encourage the development of skills at home, but ensure that, within the school environment itself, students are also engaging with each other and being taught the necessary skills for the future," he added.

Just 39% of the students polled said their school's investment in technology gives them the skills they need for future work.


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