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Computer science in Ebacc excellent says Huppert

February 1, 2013 11:04 AM

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed the decision to include Computer Science in the new English Baccalaureate qualification for schools.

He said the decision will give youngsters a wide range of skills, equipping them effectively for the digital age and giving them vast opportunities in further education and the workplace.

And for the economy as a whole, it would mean the next generation would not only be adept at using information technology but would also have a sound knowledge of system design, programming and graphics.

"This is excellent news," said Julian. "This will make the new EBacc qualification very relevant to today's youngsters and the demands of the wider working world.

"Our youngsters are first class when it comes to using information technology. They conduct their social lives on-line, download music, book cinema tickets and watch films. But this gives them a deeper insight into how the whole system works and equips them with skills which will be highly valuable as they move into further education and the job market.

"Last year our government committed funding to offer scholarships for graduates to train as computer science teachers. Now we will have the best young teachers to push computer science forward as part of the EBaac and hopefully inspire a new generation of computer scientists."