The number of students taking IT at GCSE level has decreased significantly this year, highlighting the lack of interest in technology at schools.
This year, 47,128 students took ICT GCSE, down from 61,022 in 2010, representing a 23 per cent drop.
In a reflection of the wider IT industry, more male students took IT GCSE, although females achieved much better grades. Of the 21,385 female students, 37 per cent were awarded an A or A*, a feat achieved by only 28 per cent of the 25,743 males.
The results appear to indicate problems with technology teaching in schools rather than an overall issue with Sci/Tech, as elsewhere there was a rise in science subjects. Around 20,000 more students chose to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics as a single science.
The lack of enthusiasm for IT GCSE was mirrored in last week's A-Level results. Both Computing and ICT A-Levels were taken by fewer students than the previous year.
According to those members of the V3 team who took IT GCSE and A-Level - albeit a few years ago - the answer lies clearly in the teaching of the subject at school.
They said the courses revolved around databases, PowerPoint and spreadsheets, with no web or basic coding skills. One of them commented: "It was the most boring thing I ever did - and I only got a B."
Glancing over the current ICT GCSE curriculum it seems little has changed for the current intake of students, with databases, word processing and spreadsheets all still featured.
However, there is no reference to more recent developments such as mobile computing, 3D and social networking, all of which could prove more enticing for getting students to sign up for and stay on the courses, as well as offering them more useful skills in the workplace.
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