New O-level subject: Computing

Bukit View Secondary School students Muhd Rayyan Samsul Kamar (left), 14, showing his game scripts on the projection while Charles Tew (second from left), 15, works on his game in softwares like Scratch on Feb 19, 2016.
Bukit View Secondary School students Muhd Rayyan Samsul Kamar (left), 14, showing his game scripts on the projection while Charles Tew (second from left), 15, works on his game in softwares like Scratch on Feb 19, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Students at 19 secondary schools will learn programming as part of a new O-level subject called computing. The subject, to be offered from Secondary 3 next year, replaces the existing computer studies subject at the O levels.

The Education Ministry said the new subject will focus on programming, algorithm, data management and computer architecture.

Students will have to apply computing concepts and skills to solve real-world problems. They will have to code a program during their O-level examination.

 

Last year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for children to be exposed to programming at the launch of the Smart Nation initiative, which uses technology to improve daily living.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 29, 2016, with the headline 'New O-level subject: Computing'. Print Edition | Subscribe