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Major names back changes to computer education

Simon Quicke

Microsoft and Google are two of the big names that have joined the call to improve the teaching of computer skills in schools to try and increase the number of children that can write code.

The government has also acknowledged the need to do more and has backed the Next Gen report, which came out earlier this year, which called for better education in order to improve the chances of the UK competing in the future.

A lack of skilled staff has been a constant feature of the IT industry and Google and Microsoft have expressed concerns that more needs to be done in order to pave the way for a better future teaching children how to understand how computers work, rather than simply learning how to use them.

One of the key figures behind the push for better computer education, Alex Hope who co authored the report into the state of education and skills earlier this year, told BBC Radio 4 this morning that more understanding of technology was crucial.

"It's very useful to understand how a machine works, and why it works the fundamental operating principles of something allow you to use that tool better," he added "The tool of the last century was the last century was the pen or the pencil, the tool of the 21st century is the computer."

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