Experts Demand That Computer Science Be Taught Throughout the Pre-University Stage

A document of the Computer Science Society of Spain proposes that the digital matter be realized in a compulsory subject of Computer Science in the stages of Primary Education, Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate.

According to the OECD, Spanish young people under 29 are below the average in computer skills and even 12.6% are unable to determine what Internet sites they can consult to get information. A scourge that may endanger the future of the digital economy and the labor fabric of the country, so it is necessary to hasten the adoption of measures that guarantee the technological training of new generations.

In this sense, a working group of the Scientific Information Society of Spain (SCIE) has prepared a report on the teaching of Computer Science in the educational stages prior to university. A document, coordinated by the professor of the Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) Angel Velázquez whose main conclusion is the need to incorporate this subject into the official curriculum of Spanish students.
For experts, education in the use of Information Technology and its scientific bases should be addressed in an integrated manner. "In this way, future students will have an adequate training in the use of ICT, the so-called 'digital competence', but they will also have sufficient knowledge of its foundations to serve in the future, when current technologies have become obsolete ", explains the professor of the URJC.

Implementing these improvements in education will allow new generations to acquire skills related to the understanding of new knowledge and be better prepared for the society that surrounds them. As Ángel Velázquez points out, "in particular, it would facilitate the promotion of vocations in Information Technology, especially among women, labor integration and entrepreneurship in new technologies."

The report proposes that the introduction of this subject materialize in a compulsory subject in the stages of Primary Education, Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate. In this document, the experts collect a concrete proposal of learning outcomes for each educational stage. "These results are organized into six areas: programming, computers and operating systems, networks and the Internet, data, content and cooperation, and security," says Angel Velázquez, who adds that "the recommendations for Baccalaureate are specific for each modality and also the problem of teacher training and some didactic questions is analyzed ".