Learn Coding From Primary School in Australia
In order to increase the quality of Australian citizens and ensure their people have skill to get a better job and better economy, Australian government has decide that their citizens should learn coding from primary school. The policy applied since Malcolm Turnbull from Liberal Party replacing Tony Abbot as the current Australia Prime Minister. The policy that Malcolm Turnbull create for Australia citizens to learn coding from primary school actually has been announced on debate with Tony Abbott before election, but Tony Abbott respond it as a joke on that moment.
However, Malcolm Turnbull has prove his commitment to make a policy regarding learn coding from primary school become true. On Friday, September 18th 2015, the Australia Education Ministers have endorsed coding to replace geography and history as part of the new digital technologies curriculum, in which students will start learning to code in Year 5 and begin programming by Year 7. This policy is a smart move, due to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) has develop really fast. And if Australian’s sources couldn’t follow its movement, they will left all the way back.
One full year of computing curriculum was introduced by the UK government on last 2014. For the growing demand in the technology, for sure the future jobs requires more people from the STEM fields. To prepare Australia citizens and create talented person, on last May Microsoft Australia already partnered with Code.org to run the #WeSpeakCode event, teaching coding to more than 7,000 young Australians for a week.
To implement the policy of learn coding from primary school is not as easy as turning back hand. There are a number of challenges that schools must face before they adopt coding and programming as a key educational initiative. One key factor in making the program a success, for example, is ensuring that there are enough teachers and equipment (including a well prepared curriculum which suit on that age) for all of those schools.
To answer those challenge, Australia Department of Education And Training will be funding AUD 12 million in four fields of STEM as part of the Innovation and Science focus area: computer coding introduction, innovative maths curriculum development, a site for a P-TECH styled pilot school, and summer schools funding for students under STEM.