[Fsf-friends] [Fsf-kerala] Free Software in Higher Secondary

Sasi Kumar sasi.fsf at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 19:18:14 IST 2009

I think this is an important thing that we have to take up. Can we
send letters from FSUGs? I will also arrange to send a letter from FSF
India. Let us take this up seriously. We need to suggest alternatives
too. I understand that they teach Tally for Commerce students. We may
not have a Free substitute for it. So, perhaps, we can suggest
alternatives. Maybe we can suggest that things like video and sound
editing be taught to students of humanities. Please come up with


2009/2/10 Renni P Mathunny <rennipm at gmail.com>:
> Hello everyone,
> I hope most of you are aware about the use of proprietary software in higher
> secondary classes following Kerala Government syllabus. (CBSE is no
> exception, they also suggest using proprietary software.)
> It is very sad that the students, who have learned free software in high
> school classes are forced to learn/use proprietary software in higher
> secondary.
> Can we begin a campaign for revising the Computer Science and Computer
> Application Syllabus of Higher Secondary classes – atleast to replace the
> proprietary softwares with equivalent Free Software tools? There is no doubt
> that the whole syllabus is to be revised. Outdated/obsolete tools/languages
> like Visual Basic 6.0 and ASP are still taught in Higher Secondary.
> The software/tools to be learned by students in higher secondary courses,
> are listed below. There are three different streams in Computer/IT --
> Computer Science for Science stream, Computer Applications for Commerce
> stream and Computer Application for Humanities stream. All of them are
> included in the following list.
> 1. C++ (Turbo C++ is usually used as the IDE)
> 2. SQL (MS-Access / Oracle / MS-SQL Server)
> 3. Visual Basic (Visual Basic 6.0)
> 4. HTML / DHTML / Scripting Languages (VBScript / JavaScript / Perl / CGI /
> ASP / JSP)
> 5. MS-Office
> 6. DTP (Adobe Page Maker)
> 7. Text Editors
> The syllabus did not mention anything about using Free software. But it
> suggests the different proprietary softwares that can be used.
> Regards,
> Renni
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V. Sasi Kumar
Free Software Foundation of India
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