Programming Language Overtakes French in Schools

According to a survey, programming language Python has overtaken French as the most popular language taught in primary schools.

The survey revealed that six out of ten parents would prefer their children to learn the coding language over French and 75% of children in primary school said they would prefer to learn how to programme a robot than how to speak French.

The survey, commissioned by Ocado Technology, questioned 1,000 five to 11 year olds, 1,000 11 to 16 year olds and 1,000 adults.

The survey was conducted to assess the progress made since the new computing curriculum was introduced last year.

The results revealed that the enthusiasm to learn tech and coding falls when children reach secondary school with over half believing the computer science lesson is an "easy option".

Director of technology at Ocado, Paul Clarke, said: "Unfortunately this is an example of a wider and more serious problem that we face in terms of computer science in the UK not being treated as the serious engineering discipline that it undoubtedly is.

"The irony is that this is at a time when we are facing a massive shortfall in the number of software engineers and IT specialists who will be required to help build out the UK's digital economy."

Ocado technology is calling on the government to increase training for teachers to deliver the curriculum and enable the computer science programme to become mandatory like Maths and English.

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