Lack of ict in second level
Ofsted are the UK group responsible for “inspecting and regulating to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages”. Their latest report suggests a concern for lack of takeup of ICT by those at a-level.
Between 2004 and 2007 the number of girls taking the subject dropped by 45% and by almost 1/3 by boys. Ofsted aren’t convinced by the value of so called “vocational” IT qualifications that students can take in lieu. There is concern that students who take the subject for the formal GCSEs or a-levels are not being stretched and some schools are not able to emphasis the importance of ICT and are unable to embed it across all subjects.
At least, there is an effort in the UK to emphasise the importance of ICT. In Ireland, of the 34 subjects students can take in the Leaving Cert, ICT is nowhere to be found. Some schools make very admirable efforts at embedding ICT in their teaching and learning but it would be useful to have a top-driven initiative to emphasise the importance of ICT. The Uk government recognise this importance, it’s about we in Ireland did likewise.