According to an online report by Channel NewsAsia, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said that by 2016, 32,000 students in Singapore are expected to have learnt the basics of computer coding.
It added that software programming lessons were offered in primary and secondary schools in 2014. Temasek Primary School, however, started offering coding programmes as early as five years ago through a partnership with Singapore Polytechnic. Currently, 1,500 students from the school have a basic understanding of computer and robot programming.
IDA said it is working towards offering the programmes to more schools.
"To help the scale-up, we also work with the various companies that supply this equipment to train the teachers so that the teachers can train other teachers, and for this thing to be more scalable, to make it easy for schools to adopt this," said Khoong Hock Yun, assistant chief executive of IDA.
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