Is it really necessary to make history compulsory up to matric?

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union (Sadtu) is in favour of the possibility of making history a compulsory subject in grades 10‚ 11 and 12.

The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will on Thursday be releasing the ministerial task team report looking into the possibility of introducing history as a compulsory subject.

General Secretary of Sadtu Mugwena Maluleke says understanding the history of South Africa will help in building a united nation.

Read: Finally, a history book that celebrates the Khoisan

We all know that history teaches us about empathy and about tolerance. We think that it is important that all our learners are exposed to the struggle and our history.

Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary of Sadtu

On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance is opposing the idea saying that history should only be only compulsory till Grade 9.

Shadow Minister of Basic Education at Democratic Alliance Ian Ollis gave the party's views on the matter.

If you are going into the job market you need other hard skills, maths and computer studies...

Ian Ollis, Shadow Minister of Basic Education at Democratic Alliance

We are not saying that history is not important, but we are saying we don't think it is necessary to isolate it as more important than other subjects and make it compulsory for the last three years.

Ian Ollis, Shadow Minister of Basic Education at Democratic Alliance

To hear the rest of the interview on whether history should be made compulsory or not, listen below:


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