All upper primary pupils will take a non-examinable 10-hour coding enrichment program from next year to expose them to the new opportunities of the digital economy. The program will take place after their primary school leaving examination, before being rolled out to primary 4-6 pupils in all primary schools.
Developed by the Education Ministry and Infocomm Media Development Authority, the code for fun program was offered as an optional enrichment course since 2014, the programme aims to develop an appreciation for computational thinking and coding concepts. This includes using tools such as simple visual-based programming software e.g Scratch and robotic kits e.g Arduino. The programme will continue as an option to complement existing computing subjects in secondary schools, helping students to go deeper into coding, while other initiatives for tertiary students will also be enhanced.
Not Just the young
From September 2019, over 100 workshops will be aimed at equipping Singapore’s ageing population with basic digital skills. These Merdeka Generation digital clinics supplement existing efforts and are expected to reach about 10,000 seniors over a one-year period.
Source : The straits times