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Students Want to Learn to Code, Lack of Access Is a Barrier

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A U.K. government report highlighted the importance of prioritizing data skills and coding in schools.

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Forty-nine percent of 16-to-24 year olds in the U.K. see coding languages as being either more or equally as valuable as foreign languages skills in furthering future career prospects, according to a research study by software firm KX.

The motivation is better jobs. Knowing how to code allows for 60% better job opportunities and 45% higher salaries, the survey of 1,000 students found.

Nearly one-third (29%) of the students have either taken or are planning to take a course in data analytics or data science, and 24% said the same for computational intelligence. Yet nearly 43% of students surveyed by KX said a barrier to them learning to code was lack of access in education.

A third said that foreign languages skills are more important than coding, 29% said both are equally valuable, and 20% said coding is more valuable. Only 11% said neither is important.  

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