Motshekga defends move to make history compulsory subject at school

Basic EductionMotshekga says introducing history as a compulsory subject at schools is aimed at contributing to the country’s nation building and unity.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga launched the ministerial task team report on the feasibility of a curriculum change in Freedom Park, Pretoria on 31 May 2018. Picture: @SAgovnews/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – With the prospect of history becoming a compulsory subject at South Africa’s schools, Minister Angie Motshekga has defended the move, saying that it is not an attempt to serve certain political interests.

A ministerial task team which conducted a feasibility study on the curriculum change has recommended that all pupils from grades 10 to matric learn history from 2023.

Minister Motshekga says her department’s objectives are clear.

“Personally, I don’t want to advocate a manipulation or anybody’s child views and perceptions about the world.”

She says introducing history as a compulsory subject at schools is aimed at contributing to the country’s nation building and unity.

“It’s not going to be the history of triumph, the losses, victimhood but it’s going to be a history of Africa and the beauty of us, ourselves as Africans.”

Motshekga says she will now present the report to the council of education ministers and the ruling party where a way forward will be discussed.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)