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Task team recommends history be made compulsory at schools from 2023

The report by the ministerial task team has found that history should be enhanced, as it offers problem solving and analytical skills.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga releases the Ministerial Task Team History Report on 31 May 2018. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - History could become a compulsory subject at South African schools from 2023.

A ministerial task team appointed to conduct a comparative case study in 13 counties has released its findings.

The team has made a number of recommendations towards the teaching of history in the country’s classrooms.

The report by the ministerial task team has found that history should be enhanced, as it offers problem solving and analytical skills.

The report has recommended that history be phased in from 2023 with the process leading to the phasing out of Life Orientation, which is currently a compulsory subject at school.

The report also highlights the importance of teacher development and training.

It says that history teachers should be trained professionals in the subject, as well as archaeology and possibly even African literature, so that they can have a comprehensive background in African history.