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Coding@schools programme to reach 3,000 students this year

PUTRAJAYA: The pilot Coding@Schools programme this year is set to reach 3,000 primary school students in 100 schools nationwide, said Treasury Secretary-General Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

He said the RM10 million pilot programme which received positive response from parents would involve more schools and students next year especially those in rural areas to introduce them the idea of becoming venture creators.

Speaking to reporters after launching The National Code Challenge (NCC) at the Finance Ministry here today, he said out of the 3,000 students this year, only 500 students would participate in the NCC finale from Aug 14-18, here.

“The inaugural NCC will provide students an opportunity to compete and test their coding skills at a national level to challenge themselves to solve a specific practical problem,” he said.

Mohd Irwan said it was important to instill the knowledge of coding to the primary school children so that their knowledge can be advanced in secondary school and university.

“Knowledge and skills in coding will make the students competitive in job the market and business as they can create any programmme or application easily and generate economy,” he said.

Coding@Schools is an initiative that was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in the Budget 2016 under the Accelerating Innovation and Entrepreneurship incentive. — Bernama


Source: The Sun Daily

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