Teaching Of Computer Science Set To Drive Digital Economy

Last update: 10/01/2017

By Sarimah Othman

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 10 (Bernama) -- The introduction of the computational thinking module and basic computer science subject in schools this year will help produce a new generation of youth with the necessary skills to seize job opportunities in the fast-rising information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

Aidan Group of Companies executive director Khairul Anwar M. Zaki said with the nation heading towards a digital economy, a corresponding increase in ICT-related jobs was expected in the near future.

"I'm afraid that if the current school syllabus is not changed accordingly to meet the new requirements, it will be hard to get the right human capital to meet the needs of the digital world," he told Bernama.

One of his companies Ardent Educational Consultants Sdn Bhd (ArdentEdu), a subsidiary of Aidan Group, was engaged by the Education Ministry last year to carry out a study on how computational thinking was integrated into the educational system in seven countries, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Australia, Denmark, Finland and Estonia.

Aidan Group itself comprises various businesses providing technology services, education consultancy and marketing solutions.....