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Computer Science Part of English Baccalaureate

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Britain is adding computer science to its English Baccalaureate (EBacc), and will count the subject as a science option toward the qualification. Students pursing the EBacc must obtain good grades in core subjects such as English, math, sciences, humanities, and language.

Last January, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that he was replacing the information and communications technology curriculum in schools with a more challenging computer science curriculum, developed to fulfill the requirements of technology companies. A panel of technology experts, including representatives from Google and Microsoft, called for the inclusion of computer science in the EBacc in October. The announcement "marks a significant further investment in the next generation of British computer scientists," a Google spokesperson says.

A spokesperson for the U.K. Department of Education says "having computer science in the EBacc will have a big impact on schools over the next decade. It will mean millions of children learning to write computer code so they are active creators and controllers of technology, instead of just being passive users."

From BBC News 
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