Sri Lanka advised to go for open source software in schools

ECONOMYNEXT – The Asian Development Bank has advised Sri Lanka to go for open source software as opposed to branded software in using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education.

“Software is a prime concern in learning. Therefore, open source is recommended for a developing country like Sri Lanka to achieve international quality standards of ICT education,” the ADB said in a recent study.

“Free and open source software provides a greatly flexible environment – economically, operationally, and technically – to implement ICT applications in education.”

Administrative authorities of the school education system should be motivated and provided with guidelines for the use of free and open source software in the school environment, said the study on opportunities of ICT for education equity, quality, and efficiency in South Asia.

“Moreover, an incentive scheme for local software developers to develop mother tongue software for school requirements is also recommended.”

The Asian Development Bank said existing evidence on issues relating to usage of software reveals that the majority of students  – up to 89% –  use Microsoft Windows operating system and only 8% use open source operating systems.

 “The majority of ICT teachers (67%), however, have recommended use of both open and Microsoft systems.” It said.
(COLOMBO, December 18, 2017)

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