WCED objects to education dept making history compulsory

MEC of Education in the Western Cape Debbie Schäfer has objected the Department of Basic Education proposal to introduce history as a compulsory subject in Grade 10‚ 11 and 12.

Schäfer says making history compulsory will not serve young people or help them become more productive members of the economy.

She says South Africa doesn't need more historians and that young people need to be developed and be ready for the job market by the time they leave school.

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

I am of a view that they should rather be taking subjects that are more suited to what they want to do when they leave school.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

Is history one of those subject that is going to future proof our children? I dont believe it is but I do believe it important that we know what our history is and I am saying we can change the curriculum up to Grade 9 and focus on subjects that are going to help them get a better job or start their own businesses.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

To keep on imposing more subjects to matric you are limiting the choice of learners as to what other subjects they can take because there is limited number of subjects.

Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education MEC

Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the introduction of history as a compulsory subject will benefit the learners in preparing them for the future possibilities and expand options for the the careers they can choose.

I think the mistake we are making is to think we are elevating history at the expense of maths, science and other subjects but we are not doing that, we are elevating everything.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

It doesn't mean when a young person is studying history they are going to neglect maths and science, it means that they will have a much wider context in understanding how their careers fit in politically.

Elijah Mhlanga, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education

To hear the rest of the interview on making history a compulsory subject in schools, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : WCED objects to education dept making history compulsory


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