Government proposals that universities should have more of a say in the development of A-level qualifications has received a mixed response from the IT industry.
IT trade body Intellect and the non-profit Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), have argued that the industry needs to also have a say in the development of technology and science A-levels so UK skill shortages are addressed.
In a letter to exam regulator Ofqual, education secretary Michael Gove said the government needs to step back from the design and development of A-level qualifications in order to let universities take a leading role.
"It is more important that universities are satisfied that A-levels enable young people to start their undergraduate degrees having gained the right knowledge and skills, than that ministers are able to influence content or methods of assessment," said Gove.
"I am particularly keen that universities should be able to determine subject content, and that they should endorse specifications, including details of how the subject should be assessed."
The IT curriculum in schools has received particular criticism in recent years for not preparing students for university or careers in the industry.
The government has come under increasing pressure to revamp the IT curriculum, and recently said it would withdraw the IT GCSE current programme of study this September in order to make the subject more relevant.
Intellect, which has long campaigned for changes to the IT curriculum, told V3 that Gove's proposals would enhance IT skills in the UK and benefit technology innovation, although the IT trade body has asked that the industry also be involved in creating the new curriculum, along with the universities.
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