Catching the Bug: Pupils and Punched Cards in South Africa in the Late 1970s

  • Martin S. Olivier
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 424)


This paper describes my memories as one of the pupils taking computer studies in South Africa in the late 1970s, when such programs were still uncommon. The differences between how the subject was approached back then and current approaches are not only due to technological developments; the 1970s curriculum reflects a fundamentally different approach.


Computer studies high school/secondary school education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin S. Olivier
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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