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Motshekga to release report on making history a compulsory subject at school

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she believes teaching history has a number of positive effects especially in a country like South Africa.

FILE: Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will on Thursday release a ministerial task team report into the possibility of introducing history as a compulsory subject from grades 10 to matric.

In 2015, the department held an inaugural round table where the task team lead by Professor Sibusiso Ndlovu was established.

The ministerial task team was given terms of reference to conduct a comparative international study on how best to implement the introduction of history as a compulsory subject at South African schools in grades 10, 11 and 12.

Now the team will report back after completing comparative studies and research in countries including Russia, China, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

The Basic Education Department's Elijah Mhlanga says: “And making sure that our history books reflect correctly a true story of South Africa.”

Motshekga says she believes teaching history has a number of positive effects especially in a country like South Africa, such as contributing to nation building, social cohesion and cultural heritage.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)