The Lagos State government has now given directives to schools within the state to re-introduce History as a subject back into the curriculum.
This was contained in a memo by the Director of Research at the Office of Education Quality Assurance of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs Esther Pelumi, on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
Private school owners and operators in the state must now bring back History as a stand-alone subject. However, History will remain an elective subject in the senior secondary schools, according to the state government.
The memo was addressed to owners and heads of private schools, stated that while history as a subject has been made compulsory at both primary and secondary school levels, it remains a choice subject in the senior secondary school.
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It read in part, “I have the directive of the Director General (OEQA) to inform you that the teaching of History as a stand-alone subject is back to schools.
“In line with the directive from the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council, 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 one and two and JSS one and two classes in the 2022/2023 academic session.”
History as subject was removed from teaching curriculum as far back as 2007 by the Federal Government. However, the subject was never a core subject hence the likely reason for it being reintroduced back into the curriculum as an elective.