Date
21 October 2017
Stephanie (right), a tutor in a coding class, says children today learn coding and app development techniques a lot more easily. Photo: HKEJ
Stephanie (right), a tutor in a coding class, says children today learn coding and app development techniques a lot more easily. Photo: HKEJ

Hong Kong children learn to code in schools

The Education Bureau has been promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), causing more parents to become aware of the importance of such subjects.

During the summer break, HKT Education under the PCCW Group, partnered with local schools to offer coding classes.

“In a tech-centered world, children today are surrounded by smartphones, tablets and laptops, making them faster at configuring coding and app development techniques,” said Stephanie, a tutor in a coding class.

A coding class charges from US$200 to US$600 per hour, depending on the students’ grade. Students will get to enjoy small class sizes (about 10 students per cohort). Four-year-olds (the youngest allowed) can join.

Miss Cheng, whose 11-year-old daughter attends a coding class, said computer coding would be one of the critical skills for the future, while studying regular syllabus is not as important anymore, she told the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

A student, Lin Chun-wing, a sixth-grader in a government-funded primary school, said that he had learned to code in his school lessons and joined the school team, receiving coding tutorials on a weekly basis.

Lin is modifying a calendar app and willing to make it available for free in the Google Play Store if his mother approves.

He wants to be an app developer when he grows up, not only for fun but also to benefit society by providing faster and better solutions to everyday problems.

Stephanie said students in international schools, in general, learn faster as they have more chances of being exposed to app development.

She said there are still many local schools that have not incorporated computer coding into their programs.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Oct. 4

Translation by Ben Ng

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