Computer Coding or programming may seem like an advanced skill for a person to learn. But starting 2020 in Singapore, they will now start teaching their upper primary school students how to code.
This scheme is directed by the government to prepare its students for the digital economy in the future.
It will be compulsory for all schools in Singapore as announced by S. Iswaran, the Minister for Communications and Information last July 10.
The minister also added that the coding lessons must be implemented progressively starting this year.
Code For Fun (CFF) is a program that will help Singapore achieve its goals. They will teach basic coding concepts to the students.
Some of you may already familiar with CFF because they launched it back in 2014 as an enrichment program for people.
More importantly, Singapore wishes that by the end of 2020, all upper primary school students should have learned basic computer coding. That’s why some Primary 6 students are now having 10-hour CFF lessons.
Even after they graduated from primary school, the students are still given an option if they wanted to continue the CFF program in their secondary school.
Mr. Iswaran said that the goal of this computer coding lesson is to allow the youth to get excited and get comfortable with the subject.
He is hoping that more kids will take these lessons seriously because Singapore is moving towards the digital age.
According to the study of Microsoft last year, Singapore will be dependent on the digital economy for a 0.6% GDP growth per year – that’s roughly around $13 billion.
Therefore, the government hopes more students will take coding seriously and study it at a higher level because the future growth of Singapore depends on them.