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Date published: 2005/06/14

The BBC says:

A scheme aimed at getting more girls interested in IT careers is being launched by the education secretary.

Women make up just one in five of the technology workforce. The same percentage of those studying IT-related degrees is female.

Computer Club for Girls (CC4G) seeks to persuade girls that IT jobs are not "just for boys", and is being rolled out to 3,600 schools across England.
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The South East England Development Agency, which is funding the scheme, hopes that 150,000 girls aged 10 to 14 will be given a new insight into the possibilities of IT careers.

Agency head Pam Alexander said work on plugging the IT skills gap must begin in schools.

"By targeting girls at a significant stage in their education we can attract them into IT at the right time by showing them that computers can be both fun and useful.

"One hundred percent of schools involved in CC4G pilots feel that IT confidence levels are improved as a result. That is a huge achievement.

"Our next challenge - after rolling this out nationwide - is to build the pathway from 14-years onwards with appropriate and attractive courses for these girls. And then address the needs of boys too."

The kind of politically correct sexist policy you would expect from New Labour. And how sweet of Pam Alexander to eventually consider "address[ing] the needs of boys too". And the claim that "one hundred percent of schools involved in CC4G pilots feel that IT confidence levels are improved as a result" is the kind of vacuous claim you would expect to be made by a quango trying to justify its existence. (Would any school given money under this scheme ever make anything but glowing recommendations?)

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