In India, coding in its basic form has been a part of kids curriculum from a long time where the primary and upper primary school students mostly dabble with LOGO and BASIC. HTML, C, C++, Python, Ruby etc. are introduced in higher secondary and in the initial years of college.
However, Indian classrooms still focus more on factual knowledge about computers than teaching coding, which renders many prospective enthusiasts lacking in the basic skills related to coding. Code.org, a US-based NGO which is dedicated toward computer programming education estimated that by 2020, there will be 10 lakh more computer science jobs than qualified candidates for those jobs.
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Although learning to code is obviously a lucrative option as there is going to remain a demand for coders in the coming year, researchers have also found that coding also teaches many other important skills such as logical thinking, prioritizing tasks, and planning an efficient workflow.
With technology gradually becoming the backbone of all processes, it is only prudent that children be taught basic coding skills.
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