In the same week that Ian Livingstone admits that the recommendations of Next Gen are unlikely to make it into the Curriculum anytime soon, UK Prime Minister David Cameron has admitted that not enough is being done to train up the next generation of the nation’s programmers.
During an interview at the Tech City event this week, according to Gamasutra, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that, “not doing enough to actually teach the next generation of programmers.” While failing to reference the comprehensive Next Gen report that a section of the UK games industry and Visual Effects industry put forward over six months ago, Cameron could see a clear need for programmers in order for UK businesses to prosper.
Ian Livingstone recently told BeefJack during an interview that due to the slow nature of how government departments – such as the Department for Education – works, we are unlikely to see any significant changes to the Curriculum during the lifetime of this government. Livingstone, however, did explain to BeefJack how we should start addressing the skills issue:
“What we’re calling for – the number one recommendation in Next Gen – is for computer science to be an optional part of science in the National Curriculum as a discipline, to be an optional STEM subject within science so that children can hop between biology, chemistry and geography and computer science – not making it mandatory, but an option.”
Unfortunately, since the current Coalition Government came into power in May of last year there has been a reluctance to meet any of the suggestions put forward by the UK games industry, such as tax relief.
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