A WHOLE generation of people who could have designed IT systems for the future has been lost, according to a leading information and communications technology (ICT) expert.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), claims the teaching of ICT in England and Wales is 20 years out of date.
He places the blame on the government for failing to set an appropriate curriculum.
IET president Dr Mike Short said: "Whilst the current generation, often referred to as the 'Net Generation', are heavy users of ICT in their social interaction, very few have been taught how to understand, design and build upon the technology that underpins most of our daily lives.
"The current school ICT syllabus is not appropriate for the digital generation since it does not equip our young people to be able to understand or compete in the modern world.
"There is an urgent need for schools to be teaching the current generation computer science as a subject so our future workforce is equipped to design, build and maintain the next generation of infrastructure, systems and products, all of which require elements of computer science and engineering, but also sufficiently qualified, experienced and informed to take advantage of the plentiful career opportunities within the digital and computing industries."