This is English disguised as isiXhosa: Heated exam paper debate

This is English disguised as isiXhosa: Heated exam paper debate

- A Twitter user shared pictures of a mathematics exam paper that was written in isiXhosa and this sparked a debate online

- Some users were not impressed and thought that the translation was simply not good enough as some terms used do not exist in the Xhosa language

- Others were convinced that the exam papers were a step in the right direction for education

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A debate started on social media when a Twitter user (@Bongs_Mdu) posted exam papers from the Eastern Cape Department of Education. The exam papers were written in the isiXhosa language and the user commented that this was a step in the right direction for education.

After posting the pictures of the exam papers, a discussion began on Twitter about the technicalities on the question papers.

A few users were not impressed and expressed that they felt as though the exam papers were not in "pure" isiXhosa but rather English that was disguised as the South African official language.

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This is English disguised as isiXhosa: Heated exam paper debate
A mathematics exam paper which has been written in the official South African language isiXhosa. PHOTO: @Bongani_Mdu / Twitter
Source: Twitter
@mmamosiga commented: "Is this even isiXhosa?"
@Tembinkosi17 said: "This not isiXhosa. Whoever wrote it should be fired and charged for corruption because he/she is paid for this nonsense and I am sure he/she got a bonus for this. I think getting a paper in isiXhosa is good idea but we must get competent person to do it."
@GuguladiM commented: "This is a direct translation of English into isiXhosa. I'm not Xhosa but I know for sure "September" is not "Septemba" in Xhosa. Yhu."
@u_Thato said: "Oh, this gets worse with every line you read and I'm not even Xhosa. Direct translations are killing the youth."

However, other users praised the idea of having a mathematics paper in the isiXhosa language.

@Nelle_Xintolo said: "Step in the right direction regardless, as most of these terms do not exist in Xhosa yet. Over time they will. Can you write a maths paper in pure IsiXhosa? Do you know which terms to use? And who do you know that speaks pure IsiXhosa anyway. Languages evolve with time."

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@MGTRSA said: "Xhosa speaking people should chill a bit. Those of us who were taught maths in isiXhosa, this is how our lecturers would explain maths, I see nothing wrong here. Until the Xhosa language is developed to a point we have all these words, we are going to use this type of writing." previously reported on an African youth who showcases his vegetable business with pride. A young Nigerian man with the Twitter name Safiyanu Yushau has shown that there is indeed dignity in labour.

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