The Debate Surrounding Coding in Schools


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Jenny Retief, of Riversands Incubation Hub, writes how South Africa is considering including coding into the national curriculum. But she points out that coding alone will not prepare children to face the coming technology tsunami known as the fourth industrial revolution.

Retief writes that it would make more sense to inter-weave these subjects into all aspects of the school curricula, as it is in the real world.

She adds that schools need resources to teach STEM subjects, but it's not just about labs and computer equipment, but rather basics like water, electricity and connectivity.

Retief indicates that along with STEM jobs, there will be many opportunities in art and creative pursuits that focus on offering ways for people to connect with one another in an increasingly automated world. She concludes that South Africa will have to start at the very beginning to create the best foundation for the next generation of workers in this age of the fourth industrial revolution.

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