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Over 70 percent of both lower and higher secondary school students within the European Union never or “almost never” engage in coding or programming at school

These are the findings of a survey conducted by the European Commission on the current state of ICT in education and published today.

The striking report, which surveyed 85,000 head teachers, teachers, students and parents from the EU’s 29 member states, Norway, Iceland and Turkey, also found that a gender divide is alive and well, with girls less likely to be coding.

The report shows the “urgent need to scale-up events such as Code Week, a grassroots movement promoting programming and computational thinking in a fun and engaging way”, European officials said today, adding that the Commission wants to see 50 percent of schools in Europe taking part in Code Week events by 2020.

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society said in the report: “The fact that 79% of lower secondary school students and 76% of upper secondary school students never or almost never engage in coding or programming proves the relevance of our policies to fill the existing gaps in skills and digital connectivity.”

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