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11 January 2012
Commenting on the Secretary of State's speech about ICT in schools, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers' union, said:
"Having read the details of the speech, it is clear that this is a slap in the face for ICT teachers.
"There is no evidence for the sweeping assertion that ICT teaching is dull, uninspiring and poor quality.
"ICT teachers, like all other subject specialists, want to see their subject grow and develop and for pupils to achieve even higher levels of attainment.
"This isn't achieved by simply abolishing the national programmes of study.
"ICT was left out of the EBacc and therefore like all excluded subjects its future status was already at serious risk. This latest development downgrades ICT even more.
"There is now a real risk that schools will marginalise ICT completely, reduce dramatically its share of curriculum time and put the jobs of specialist teachers at risk.
"This is no way to promote the value of a subject that is critical to education in the 21st Century.
"The NASUWT will be responding to the consultation announced today."