Thirteen years after it was eliminated from the basic education curriculum, the federal government has reinstated history as a stand-alone subject.
3,700 history teachers have been shortlisted for the first round of training for improved teaching of the subject, according to Adamu Adamu, minister of education, who spoke at the flag-off ceremony of the reintroduction of the teaching of history and training of history teachers at the basic education level on Thursday, November 23 in Abuja.At the event, which was attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, and other significant players in the education sector, Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Nanah Opiah, also stated that the lack of knowledge of Nigeria’s history as a result of its removal from the basic education curriculum threatens the nation’s cohesion and could cause it to revert to primitive sentiments.
“One of the core courses taught in our classroom in the past was history, but for some strange reason, the stream of teaching and learning was discontinued.
“As a result, compared to the subjects that were made required at the basic and secondary levels in Nigeria, history was subsequently removed from the list of subject combinations our students could provide in both external and internal examinations.
“The loss brought about by this subject’s absence has resulted in a decline in moral standards, a deterioration of civic norms, and a disconnection from the past. More concerning was the fact that this subject was not taught in basic and post-basic education levels, which consequently reduced awareness of Nigeria’s evolution as a nation.
The immediate result of this was that we lost all concepts of our recent past, hardly recognized ourselves as a nation, and gradually started to turn back to our primitive emotions.
“There is no doubt that this one action devalued and diminished the knowledge and information that students might otherwise have been exposed to. It was a grave error, and we are already feeling its effects negatively.