‘Competitive’ computer skills in schools call

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Cloud computing specialist Scott Fletcher has responded to Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for compulsory competitive sport in Britain’s primary schools by urging for ‘compulsory competitive keyboard skills to become part of the curriculum, too.’

Mr Fletcher, founder and chairman of cloud computing infrastructure group ANS, said: “I applaud David Cameron’s campaign for competitive sport but we must completely modernise our primary school education system and introduce compulsory ‘competitive’ keyboard skills and computer languages into the National Curriculum if we are to compete internationally.

“ICT education in UK schools is based solely on teaching children how to find their way around software. Whereas, what we should be teaching them are the basic principles of programming and coding whereby they will cultivate their own numeric skills as their interest develops.

“As well as handwriting we should focus on typing skills from an early age. Every child should be given access to a computer, be able to type and have knowledge of basic programming before they leave primary school.”

Mr Fletcher argues that all youngsters should possess reasonable programming skills by the age of 14 before they make any career choices.

“This country has a massive computing heritage and we have to take steps to preserve it,” he adds.