UK students in schools and universities are not the only ones suffering from a boring and irrelevant IT curriculum, according to global IT trade association CompTIA.
The non-for-profit trade organisation argued that IT education needs to be given a worldwide rethink, especially because of the looming IT skills crises that exists globally.
"I haven't seen an IT education system that works. They could all do with an improvement. We need to make IT appear more interesting and exciting to students" said European CompTIA president John McGlinchey, in an interview with V3.
The comments come on the same day as the UK government's consultation on its IT curriculum reform comes to a close, with numerous teaching and skills organisations hoping it will reinvigorate the teaching of IT in schools.
The government plans to withdraw the current IT curriculum in schools this September as the programme of study has been deemed inadequate in preparing students for careers in the industry.
Education secretary Michael Gove also said the curriculum was causing children to become "bored out of their minds".
Little is known about how the curriculum will be reformed, except that a new IT programme will be introduced in 2014, and that this programme will no longer be micro-managed by Whitehall.
The Department of Education told V3 that it would shortly be announcing a date when it would feed the results of the consultation back to the public.
McGlinchey said the government cannot follow best practices set by IT curriculums elsewhere in Europe, the Middle East or the US, because there are simply none around.
"If there are, I am certainly not aware of them," added McGlinchey.
McGlinchey said every country needs to create their own system of IT curriculum reform, as the IT skills needed vary so greatly globally.
"The UK market is different from the rest of Europe as it is the longest and most established," he said, adding that the UK may need some skill sets that are not demanded in the continent.
"Meanwhile the US has an IT career skills gap as much as we have. They are also having problems attracting school leavers into the industry."
McGlinchey said CompTIA would be working hard to bring about change in the way IT is taught in schools and universities around the world.
"We have lots of work to do across the US, Middle East and Europe," he added.
As the world's largest provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications, CompTia has 100 offices globally and frequently makes calls for IT education reform in order to give the IT industry the skills it so badly needs.
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