Approximately 400,000 students and 15,000 teachers across the island are set to benefit from the newly launched Coding in Schools programme.

The initiative is designed to prepare students to adapt and compete in, what is considered, an increasingly technology-driven world.

The Education Ministry launched the programme this morning at Jamaica House.

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The initiative, which involves partnership with Amber Innovations Group Limited, will promote the teaching and learning of coding in public educational institutions.

Classes in coding computer applications will be incorporated in the regular school curriculum.

Following a successful pilot earlier this year, the Education Ministry says it will now be extended to several other schools.

Managing Director at the Amber Group, Michael McNaughton, says students from Grades 10 to 13 will be taught using Master coders.

A Memorandum of Understanding for the programme was signed between the Ministry and the Amber Group in May.

Mr. McNaughton says once completed, students with an interest in coding, will be able to fast track their learning through the Group’s Heart Academy.

The Managing Director noted that the training of teachers on the subject will become a critical component of the programme.