TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS MAKING HISTORY COMPULSORY SUBJECT IN SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS

PRETORIA — A task force set up by the government to study the introduction of History as a compulsory subject in schools has recommended that the teaching of the subject should be phased in incrementally beginning in 2023.

The task force, chaired by Professor Sifiso Ndlou, suvmitted its report to the Minister, Angie Motshekga, here Thursday. It was given a mandate to advise on the feasibility of making history a compulsory subject, advise where History should be located in the curriculum, review the content and pedagogy of the History curriculum with a view to strengthening History in the curriculum, and to investigate the implications of making History a compulsory subject.

Handing over the report, Ndlovu said that during the consultations with various stakeholders in the provinces, four scenarios were highlighted, which led to the final recommendations. Among the scenarios was that if History becomes compulsory in Grades 10-12, it will become the 5th fundamental subject regardless of the stream the students are registered for.

Another scenario was that if History and Life Orientation (LO) are combined, History content should be transferred to LO to reinforce the teaching of citizenship and human rights, among other aspects. However, Ndlovu said that, most people rejected out of hand the transfer of content from History to reinforce the LO content and syllabus.

The Minister emphasized that the acceptance of the report by the department did not constitute any policy change just yet.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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