More than half of teenagers in the UK believe the government needs to provide them with a higher quality technology education, according to new research that underlines the importance of V3's Make IT Better campaign.
Managed services provider Logicalis surveyed 1,000 13-to-17-year-olds and only 20 percent of them said they think their technology education is adequate.
Meanwhile, 44 percent of those surveyed said that they fear poor technology education will block them from getting a good job in the future.
Meanwhile, the survey gave a positive outlook for the IT industry, with 23 percent of those surveyed planning to begin a career in IT in the future.
The survey also shows teenagers are increasingly aware of computer science disciplines with 16 percent of those surveyed having already programmed a computer.
The results of the survey come as the government reforms the ICT curriculum in UK schools to make it more relevant to school children, and less boring.
The first draft of the new ICT curriculum has just been published by the BCS on its website, with a stronger emphasis on computer science, the web and digital media.
Chris Gabriel, Logicalis' vice president of Solutions Management, said the survey clearly shows students are aware of the problems in ICT teaching.
"Kids are savvier than we give them credit for. They recognise that being good on an Xbox isn't enough preparation to become the next developer of a games platform," he told V3.
"They can see that there's genuinely a massive lag in what is up-to-date IT skills, and the need to do PowerPoint presentations. I think they expect a deeper training of IT."
V3 launched its Make IT Better campaign to improve the quality of technology education in schools. While the government is currently reforming the ICT curriculum, many teachers and IT professionals have not yet been given the chance to share their input.
Gabriel said he welcomed the campaign.
"The campaign is absolutely necessary. Look at the IT literate societies countries like Brazil are producing. From a macro-economic perspective, we are massively behind," he said.
"If you teach history or geography, you don't need real world experience, but with IT, education is a challenge. It's always going to be a subject the government struggles to teach well because they are not immersed in it. It's for this reason that the link between industry and education is so important when it comes to ICT teaching."
The government is hoping to improve the numbers of qualified ICT teachers with scholarships of £20,000 to train as computer science teachers to be offered.
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