The current programme of information and communications technology (ICT) study in England's schools will be scrapped from September, the education secretary will announce later.
The subject will be replaced by compulsory lessons in more rigorous computer science and programming.
Michael Gove will call the current ICT curriculum "harmful and dull".
He will say that he will begin a consultation next week on a new computing curriculum.
He will say this will create young people "able to work at the forefront of technological change".
Speaking at the BETT show for educational technology in London, Mr Gove will announce plans to free up schools to use curricula and teaching resources that properly equip pupils for the 21st Century.
He will say that resources, developed by experts, are already available online to help schools teach computer science and he wants universities and businesses to devise new courses and exams, particularly a new computing GCSE.
What is ICT like these days in schools? If it's anything like the ECDL I did about 10 years ago then no wonder the kids are bored!
This plan sounds good to me.
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