The government has been warned not to withdraw the current IT curriculum in schools this September if it does not have an interim replacement programme, even though the curriculum has been deemed inadequate in preparing students for careers in the industry.
Members of the Corporate IT Forum, a body that represents some of the biggest UK businesses in the IT industry and over 10,000 IT professionals, said removing the IT programme with nothing to replace it is likely to cause more harm than good.
The Department for Education's public consultation on proposals to potentially remove the teaching of the current ICT curriculum end on Wednesday.
At the moment little is known about the government's reform plans, except that a new IT programme will be introduced in 2014, and that this programme will no longer be micro-managed by Whitehall.
Teachers will be left to decide how they teach the subject, while universities and businesses will be given the opportunities to help design courses and exams to make sure they are more relevant to students.
The Corporate IT Forum formed the Education and Skills Commission last March to help tackle the UK's growing IT skills crises, and the government's planned IT curriculum reform appears to be the first issue the commission will grapple with.
"Although the current curriculum is failing to meet employer's needs, the even bigger problem would be having a period where children are not taught IT in a structured way," Joanna Poplawska, Corporate IT Forum performance director told V3.
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