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Bayero University translates physics, chemistry and maths textbooks to Hausa, Twitter reacts


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In a move believed to aid learning for students in Northern Nigeria, Bayero University Kano has reportedly translated physics, chemistry, and mathematics textbooks into the Hausa language.

A Twitter user Muhd El-Bonga Ibrahim/@El_bonga revealed this while translating a news report tweeted by Freedom Radio Nigeria.

@El_bonga tweeted:

“Bayero University Kano has concluded the translation of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics textbooks into Hausa.

“This is a welcome development because many students find it difficult to speak English, not to talk of using it to learn. They should do it at the primary level too.

“Language of instruction, in addition to having good teachers that can implement any curriculum content into practice, is very vital when it comes to ensuring effective teaching and learning.

“According to Professor Aliyu Mu’azu who led the team, their works comprise of translated Hausa books in the field of science and technology meant for primary school pupils from primary one to three.

“The professor added that his team translated a total of eight textbooks in the field of science so as to help those in primary and secondary school to learn well especially in the northern region.”

When another Twitter user claimed the move will not help Northern students to learn English and said it is a step backward.

“This will not help our children to learn English it’s taking us backwards,” the Twitter user said.

@El_bonga responded:

The national policy on education recognizes the need to use indigenous languages to teach at the early stages, with English coming up later. It doesn’t mean that English will be stepped aside totally. The aim, I think, is to foster learning first.”

The news has been met with mixed reactions on Twitter. While a section of the microblogging site described it as a good development, others believe it is not a step in the right direction.

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Gimba Kakanda, a Nigerian writer, called the move a “welcome development, and a very effective way to domesticate science and technology in our society”.

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