Aminu Bello Masari, governor of Katsina State, has asked schools to adopt the use of mother tongue in teaching pupils at the early stages of their education.
Masari gave the charge at the launch of three books in Hausa literature written by Malam Mande Muhammad, an indigene of the state with the support of the state government.
The governor who was represented by the state Commissioner of Education, Professor Badamasi Charanchi, argued that teaching pupils at the early stages of their education in their mother tongue has been scientifically proven to enhance their cognitive skills.
He quoted notable educational psychologists who had observed based on experiment that teaching a foreign language to pupils at the early stages of their education limits their capacity to learn.
The governor said the state government will continue to promote Hausa literature in order to preserve the culture and heritage of the state as a home of Hausa literary studies.
In his remarks, the state Chief Judge, Justice Musa-Danladi Abubakar, commended the author of the three books and urged students of Hausa literature to emulate him by writing books to preserve the language for future generations.