Using more than one language when teaching and learning science in schools can greatly enhance concept development. This in fact goes to the heart of science.
Is there a place for Shakespeare in African schools, or is his time long past?
There are two functions of language: communication and access to knowledge. Each must be pursued as an objective in its own right rather than being lumped together.
There's an ongoing debate about how best to promote multilingualism in schools. But is this debate relevant when it comes to teaching science?