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Adding a little realism could aid ICT courses

GCSE results out this week have highlighted that the number of children taking ICT courses in Northern Ireland has fallen by 17% compared to last year.

This is strange given there’s a national shortage of skilled IT professionals. The Royal Society has suggested that this is because ICT GCSE lessons are ‘too boring’.

As a volunteer speaker for the charity, ChildNet, I have been in to many classrooms and taught students of the dangers that surround them online.

As such, I believe adding information security to the IT curriculum would not only make it more interesting, but it would also help young people to protect themselves online.

TONY OSBORN

Symantec

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