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Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report

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Cornelia Connolly, seated, with students of Dominican College, Taylors Hill, Galway, Ireland.

Said Cornelia Connolly, a lecturer in University of Galway’s School of Education, Ireland is “a long way off making this important 21st century subject available to all students.”

Credit: Aengus McMahon

Ireland's efforts to create a new generation with digital skills is stagnating due to the lack of computer science in schools, a new report has found.

The report is by University of Galway's School of Education and was commissioned by Google. In general, the researchers involved in compiling the report found that there was a low level of understanding of the importance of computer science in schools. This ambivalence was across the board – among students, teachers and education stakeholders.

In focus groups with school leaders and teachers, the research revealed that a lack of qualified teachers was the number one barrier to making coding and computer science available at their school.

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