Lagos Govt announces mandatory inclusion of History in education curriculum

Lagos Govt announces mandatory inclusion of History in education curriculum

History will once again be taught in the state’s elementary and junior secondary schools as “a stand-alone subject,” per an order from the Lagos State Government.

The new development is in accordance with the guidelines from the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council; according to a message to private school owners written by Pelumi E.I; Director of Research at the Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Lagos State Ministry of Education.

The topic has been reintroduced in the current Lagos State Unified Schemes of Work; especially for primary and junior secondary schools, as well as the National Curriculum.

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According to the Lagos State government, the topic is required for both primary and junior secondary students; but optional for seniors.

The memo reads in part; “The subject has been re-introduced in the national curriculum and in the current Lagos state unified schemes of work for primary and junior secondary schools.

“You are to note that while the subject (History) is compulsory for both primary and junior secondary school classes; it is an elective subject in the senior secondary school.

“To this end, I am further directed to inform you that the subject should be taught in primaries 1 and 2 and JSS 1 and 2 classes in the 2022/2023 academic session.”

In 2018, the Federal Government ordered the reintroduction of History as an independent subject into the basic and junior secondary schools.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who gave the directive, said the subject would allow students to know the history of Nigeria. Mr Adamu said the importance of history to nation building, national identity, patriotism; as well as overall human development could not be overemphasised.

According to the minister, one of the cardinal principles of the present administration is social and behavioural change. He added that history is key to its realisation.


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