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SA history to become compulsory subject in schools

Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it is important for people to know their own history.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the launch of Youth Month in Soweto, Orlando West. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the basic education department is in the process of ensuring history becomes a compulsory subject for young people.

Mthethwa, along with Minister Jeff Radebe and MEC Panyaza Lesufi, kicked off youth month celebrations at the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto.



It's the first in a series of events hosted by the National Youth Development Agency under the theme "youth moving South Africa forward".

Government officials reminded those who attended the event today of the price of freedom and the lives that were lost.



Minister Mthethwa says his department and the basic education department have started the process to make history a mandatory subject for every pupil.

"If history is compulsory, people are going to know more of who Hector Pieterson was, rather than knowing who Mussolini was, or who Hitler was. They have to know their own history (sic)."

At the same time, Minister Jeff Radebe says this forms part of the national development plan, which aims to promote social cohesion and national pride.

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