The British education system is not adequately preparing children for tomorrow’s world of work, MPs have warned.
A report by the cross-party Science and Technology Committee has said that schools should adapt to equip students with the skills they will need to work in a world where technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), is commonplace.
Dr Tania Mathias, acting chairwoman of the committee and Conservative MP for Twickenham, said: “Science fiction is slowly becoming science fact, and robotics and AI look destined to play an increasing role in our lives over the coming decades.”
However, the committee’s report revealed that schools are not providing science and technology curricula which teach children what they will need to know to find employment in the coming decades. Dr Mathias said: “We found that computer skills in schools need to be at a higher level,” she said. “It’s about computer programming and creativity.”
The research also highlighted that while technology might make some jobs obsolete, it will create a whole host of other new jobs. If schools do not adapt their teaching to be more in line with the technology of the future, experts warn that the country could find itself with a large group of people who are unemployed with no hope of finding work.
Dr Mathias added: “We have to educate people to go beyond [what computers can do]. Otherwise you are redundant ... The curriculum isn’t moving fast enough.”