FG reintroduces history in basic education curriculum
The federal government has reintroduced history as a separate subject in its basic education curriculum, 13 years after it was abolished.
Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, spoke at the flag-off ceremony for the reintroduction and training of history teachers at Abuja’s basic education level on Thursday, November 23rd. He stated that 3,700 History teachers were shortlisted to participate in the first round of training for enhanced teaching.
At the event, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and other key stakeholders in education attended. Adamu was represented at the event by Goodluck Nanah Opieh, the Minister of State Education. He also stated that the country is retreating into primordial feelings due to a lack of knowledge about the history of Nigeria since the removal of History.
“History used to be one of the foundational subjects taught in our classroom but for some inexplicable reasons, the stream of teaching and learning was abolished.
“As a result, history was subsequently expunged from the list of subject combinations our students could offer in both external and internal examinations compared to the subjects that were made compulsory at basic and secondary levels in Nigeria.
“This single act no doubt relegated and eroded the knowledge and information that learners could otherwise have been exposed to. It was a monumental mistake and have already started seeing its negative consequences
“The loss created by the absence of this subject has led to a fall in moral values, erosion of civic values, and disconnect from the past. More worrisome was the neglect of the teaching of this subject at basic and post-basic levels of education which invariably eroded the knowledge of the evolution of Nigeria as a country.
“The immediate implication of this was that we lost ideas even of our recent past, and we scarcely saw ourselves as one nation and gradually began retreating into our primordial sentiments.”