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The federal government has re-introduced History subject as one of the subjects in the nation’s primary and secondary schools’ curriculum. This was disclosed on Thursday at the flag-off ceremony for the Disarticulation of History from Social Studies Curriculum yesterday in Abuja.
Declaring the event open, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said the learning of History will enable children in the earliest stage become well enlightened citizens of the society who respect diversity and strive for attainment of the unity of Nigeria as one indivisible entity.
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According to hiim, the drive for the re-introduction of the teaching history as an independent subject and not a mere theme at the primary and junior secondary schools level was necessitated by the clamour and concerns by several groups, including the Presidency, National Assembly and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.
He urged experts involved in the disarticulation exercise to develop curricular objectives and contents that will lead to positive learning outcomes. “I therefore urged all stakeholders, state governments, honorable commissioners of education, schools, schools, teachers, and parents to embrace and key into this development and ensure a proper implementation of the history curriculum when it is finally developed.
The minister assured that the federal government was poised to introduce positive changes in education in a way that will enhance the socio-economic development of Nigeria. “The Federal Ministry of Education recently developed its plan: on Education for Change: A Ministerial Strategic Plan (2016-2019), which contains several initiatives and activities to be executed, including the disarticulation of social studies and reintroduction of the teaching of history in primary and junior secondary schools.
Adamu noted that the plan document was approved by the National Council of Education (NCE) at its 61st Ministerial session of 27th – 30thSeptember, 2016. “Following this, the National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), the agency that has the mandate to develop curriculum especially at this level, was directed to start the process of disarticulating history from social studies. He assured that the different stages set for the execution of the project would be pursued vigorously and efficiently to its logical conclusion for the good of the nation and its future.
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In his remarks earlier, the Executive Secretary, National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC), Prof. Ismail Junaid, said, “We are hoping that by next academic session, we should start implementing it. This is what the country is yearning for; the National Assembly are hundred percent behind us, the Federal Ministry of Education is behind us and we are hoping that by that by the next National Council of Education, we should be able to table the curriculum itself and once we have the curriculum, we will distribute to it the schools.
He said the decision to disarticulate the history content from the social studies curriculum is in line with curriculum best practices especially as it is informed by policy decisions, needs assessment and public opinions. The executive secretary noted that the curriculum would be fully implemented in the next academic session. He explained that that the council and other critical stakeholders must be commended for the initiative.
In hiis remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education (Basic), Senator Aliu Wamako, said the teaching of history in primary and secondary school in the country, will promote patriotism and critical thinking among students to enable them have a broader understanding of Nigeria.
“History promotes national consciousness, patriotism and flowering of moral leadership which ensures overall national development. Wamako lamented that Nigeria has suffered some set back arising from the elimination of the study of history in schools. “For example, the removal of a subject from the school curriculum sounds like a vote of no-confidence in the subject by those in authority and does little to the enthusiasm of both teachers and students of the subject.
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