History could soon be compulsory matric subject

According to reports, the Department of Basic Education plans to make history a compulsory subject until Grade 12. At the moment, history is only compulsory till Grade 9.

Prof Natasha Erlank, Historian professor at the University of Johannesburg, says perhaps the department is looking for a balanced curriculum.

There are very passionate history teachers who will grapple with the idea of having students who are engaged with history all the way to matric.

Prof Natasha Erlank, Historian professor at University of Johannesburg

History is taught as part of the social sciences alongside Geography. We are actually giving our learners a lot less access to history than we might think...

Prof Natasha Erlank, Historian professor at University of Johannesburg

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