09 August 2010

UK - School ICT lessons a 'turn-off', says Royal Society

(BBC)
Information technology lessons in UK schools are so dull they are putting pupils off the subject and careers in computing, top scientists warn. The Royal Society said the situation would lead to an unskilled workforce and threaten the UK's economy. Launching a study of how lessons might be improved, the society said the number of pupils in England doing ICT GCSE had fallen 33% over three years. And there was a 33% fall, between 2003 and 2009, in ICT A-level candidates. Now the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, is embarking on a new study: Computing in schools and its importance and implications for the economic and scientific well-being of the UK.