How history taught in SA classrooms is missing the mark

Young people are not being taught historical consciousness in South Africa, says researcher Natasha Robinson.

Robinson, a PhD Candidate at Oxford University, says pupils are not being adequately taught to make connections about history and contemporary events.

Government plans to introduce history as a compulsory subject from grades 10 to matric.

Read: History curriculum to recognise more SA role players - DBE

She says the current history curriculum does not draw links between past events and current socio-economic and political realities in the country.

Robinson shared her views and reflected on her thought-provoking opinion piece published on The Conversation.

Students are not learning to link that history to the current problems that we face.

Natasha Robinson, PhD Candidate and Research Consultant at Oxford University

Contemporary issues in South Africa and Cape Town have been influenced by the history that we come from.

Natasha Robinson, PhD Candidate and Research Consultant at Oxford University

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