The Department of Elementary Education has announced that a new history curriculum will be taught in schools starting in 2024.
Cheryl Weston, the department’s curriculum director, said the new curricula will be phased in across grades , “In order to almost loosen the revised history curriculum from 2024”.
In a media briefing on the readiness for the Abitur examination status on Friday, she confirmed that a ministerial task team for history had completed the curriculum.
” Once this is done, there will be advisory road shows from the provinces, where stakeholders and partner organizations will be consulted. “
She said that a draft curriculum is expected by the end of the year and a revised final curriculum by the middle of the year 2022.
The curriculum would then be sent to Umalusi in the last six months of the next year for quality assurance “and for further approval”.
Elementary Education Minister Angie Motshekga appointed a history min in June 2015 on the team for the first assignment and she published the team’s report in May 2018.
One of the recommendations of the report was that history be compulsory in grades 10-12 should.
She later reappoints the task team to revise the history curriculum.
Motshekga said Friday that the task team was “in a phase of who do a lot of research on the right content for the new curriculum “.
” The greatest challenge, which is a daunting exercise, is now to rewrite history. Even the assignment team said, ‘You can’t present the current story as it is,’ so it needs to be rewritten. “
She said they need to find money for new textbooks and teachers need to retrain.
The task team has consulted historians, archaeologists, linguists, researchers, and academics during its work on developing new content for the story.
The task team has recommended that history Made an independent subject in all grades and should not become part of life orientation.