I recently have been reminiscing about my leaving cert in secondary school and am now thinking about how two of my subjects barely apply to what I do now in college which is mainly a computing course. When I was doing my leaving two years ago my school did have a ton of computers in some rooms which was enough to hold two full classes during certain times of the day. If you wanted to learn anything other than Microsoft word you would have to do it yourself when you can in your spare time as a hobby.
In my school you had your three language subject, your three science subjects, your three business subjects. If you where someone who had any interest in computing you where always encouraged to do BIS (business information systems) as the teachers believed that was where the money was with computing. I wished at the time there was one subject that would teach you coding as a few schools during that time other then mine where giving such classes but they where not official. Computing as it was those two years ago was still seen as the weird hobby that was more a nuisance to education rather than a benefit.
At that time however other countries where only starting up with computer classes. As of today its the case that if you don’t have computing as a subject in schools you are not preparing students for the working world, your giving them a handicap against the other students they will be competing against for work. Currently many schools in the country feel the need to have computing as a subject after groups such as CoderDojo appeared presenting students with very unique skill sets. The education department have as of recently decided to include a new subject for the junior cert that will get students working on how to do task like coding to break them into the world of computing.
As a computing student I can see this being a success and a good way to encourage students. It will make it easier for students to consider a computing course when entering college. This was a problem cause a student had insecurities when entering the computing course when thinking about could they actually do what the course ask. The only problem with this introduction however is that it is not only a trial which means it is prone to changes and it will only be provided to a small number of schools in the country. In time hopefully all schools in the country will include it and in more time as a leaving cert subject.