Primary school students in Australia will learn how to code as the country’s education ministers signed off a new curriculum last week.

The government is investing AU$3.5 million (US$2.5 million) to introduce computer coding into classes across school levels.

“Information and Communication Technology industry feedback consistently emphasises a looming acute shortage of computer coding and programming skills that will impact on a swathe of sectors across the national economy,” according to the government’s Industry, Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

In Singapore, primary school students are taught coding from the age of 10, tweeted Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

Singaporean students ranked first in the OECD’s recently released study on digital literacy, while Australia came eighth.