New history curriculum in SA schools to be more Afrocentric

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has announced sweeping changes to the teaching of history as a school subject, saying it would be Afrocentric and not based on European history.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, the new history curriculum could be made compulsory for all Grade 10 to 12 learners.

READ: 'Elements of apartheid propaganda still taught in school history books today'

The minster said among others, the question that was put to the ministerial task team was whether it is possible to have history as a compulsory subject through all the phases or whether they should only teach it up to a certain phase especially in the senior phase.

And also, what it is that we teach in a way that it meets our objectives of nationhood, of unity, of cohesion but also of defining ourselves much more clearer as Africans and analysing our history from an African perceptive.

Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister

She added that currently the curriculum teaches a piece of everything including the history of the country's liberation struggle, the stone history and the history of wars and conquests.

But there are also large parts of who we are that are left out, for instance if you teach the history of land wars, you really are teaching, the history of the Zulus, Xhosas and Sothos. And other tribal groups don't even know where they belong. We don't know where Vendas fit in within the history of South Africa.

Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister

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