Thursday, 7 March 2013

Questions (20)

Catherine Murphy


20. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if, in view of the skills gap in the technology sector, he is considering a comprehensive digital learning strategy for primary, secondary and third level education with specific focus on enhancing availability of learning options and building high-standard assessment models; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11763/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am very conscious of the role of our schools in supporting national skills priorities. The new Junior Cycle Framework offers choice to schools in the provision of a range of learning experiences that is flexible enough to meet the needs of students. Under the Framework, students are expected to acquire proficiency across twenty four statements of learning, three of which refer to the use of ICT for learning, communication and work. Planning is underway for the implementation of the new Framework that is to commence in the next school year. It should be noted too that Computer programming is already an option in Transition Year and as part of Senior Cycle. Work has also commenced on a new ICT Strategy for Schools which will address digital learning. My Department is also involved with meeting training targets outlined in the joint Government-Industry ICT Action plan.