Free High School Science Texts

Free High School Science Texts
RW James Building, University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701, South Africa

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NPO Registration Number: 037-269-NPO
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What is the Free High School Science Textbook?
The FHSST is the contribution of a group of young scientists towards furthering science education in South Africa. We aim to provide a free science textbook for Grades 10 - 12 to all South African learners.

Read our textbooks
Life Sciences
Cover coming soon
Computer Literacy

Visit our project administration web pages hosted on Savannah.
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2005 Annual Report (pdf)

What is FHSST?

A Free High School Science Textbook (FHSST) is our contribution towards furthering Science Education in South Africa.

As young South Africans who believe in building up our country, we want to use our skills as scientists to help our next generation by providing a free science textbook for Grades 10-12 to all South African learners.

We hope that our efforts can also help to further similar organisations elsewhere in the world, like the California Open Source Textbook Project, the OpenTextBook project and WikiBooks.

Both the tuXlabs project and the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory have asked to us our content for their online resources.

Science education is about more than Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics... It's about learning to think and to solve problems which are valuable skills that can be applied through all spheres of life. Teaching these skills to our next generation will help them when it is their turn to make a difference to our country.


  • To provide a complete high school science text that can be used for free anywhere else in the world as needed
  • To provide a free resource, that can be used alone or in conjunction with other education initiatives in South Africa, to any/all learners and teachers
  • To provide a detailed, accurate and interesting text that adheres to the South African school curriculum and the outcomes-based education system
  • To provide a text that is easy to read and understand even for second-language English speakers
  • Make a difference in South Africa through helping to educate our next generation
For additional information, please download our more detailed Project Description (PDF).


The driving force of this project is based on the ideas and principles of the free software community where each person does their part to build something great together.


The project was initiated by Mark Horner, a UCT post-graduate physics student at the University of Cape Town, but has since grown to a much larger group of contributors including students and lecturers.