Learning to 'do history'

2008-05-21 00:00

The new history curriculum has a strong focus on pupils developing the skills of reading and interpreting evidence.

In the early version of Curriculum 2005 in 1997, history disappeared into the learning area called human and social sciences. There was no discernible content. For a brief time, history in fact disappeared from the primary school curriculum. However, the review of Curriculum 2005 revived the subject and it now sits together with geography in the learning area of social science in Grade R to Grade 9. This revival was in many ways due to the incoming Minister of Education in 1999, Professor Kader Asmal, who has a personal passion and vision for history.

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