Forgive us from returning to this subject so soon, but it’s so important we feel that the more pressure (and we’re not kidding ourselves that this blog will change matters) that can be applied to try to ensure that Scotland and indeed the UK has a – what’s the phrase that’s always trotted out? - world-class education system, the better - especially in the vital areas of ICT/computing studies/digital marketing/coding etc.
A few days ago we had the news that the scrapping of the ICT qualification at GCSE level was, according to a report issued then, “a mistake”, while north of the border the National Level 5 (equivalent to the English GCSE) computer science exam contained “a number of typographical and coding errors … and that ‘grade boundary adjustments’ had to be made in order to mark the paper to a fair standard”.
On top of this, when you realise that in Scotland, ‘computing’ exams don’t carry the same weight as do the core subjects (English, Maths), and that as a result head-teachers don’t push what we might call ‘proper’ IT (i.e. not just Word, Excel and Powerpoint) as much as they should, is it any wonder that things are where they are?
We know that governments (in Holyrood and London) know these things. We don’t believe that they are not concerned or that they don’t want to do anything about them. We just aren’t seeing enough positive signs, or rather, as the two stories cited here suggest, the opposite.
Stuart Alexander, Be-IT Resourcing