UK: Compulsory programming from age 5

What’s changing?

The UK government has overhauled the way it teaches computing to children by adding mandatory programming classes.

Why is this special?
The UK is the first G20 nation to put computer science at the heart of its curriculum.

Why are they doing it?
The country is projected to have a shortage of 249,000 workers for technologically skilled jobs by 2020.

Will it work?
When kids reach 14, it will be up to them to choose whether to continue studying the subject.

We (NZ) don’t even have compulsory computing at Year 9! I suspect that our relative skills shortage will be just as great as that of the UK. I recall having my last year at University paid for by the NZ Government – to complete a Computer Science degree. We has a skills shortage even back in the 1980’s. Deja Vu. 

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