The Federal Government has formally announced the reintroduction of History subject as a stand-alone course in the basic education curriculum.
A total of 3,700 History teachers have also been shortlisted for the first round of training for enhanced teaching of the subject.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this while speaking 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.
The Minister was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah, at the event.
Adamu lamented that the national cohesion was being threatened with the country retreating into primordial sentiments because of a lack of knowledge of the evolution of Nigeria following the removal of History from the basic education curriculum.
History was removed from primary and secondary education curricula from the 2009/2010 academic session.
“History used to be one of the foundational subjects taught in our classroom but for some inexplicable reasons, the steam of teaching and learning was abolished”, Adamu said.
“As a result, history was subsequently expunged from the list of subject combinations our students could offer in both external and internal examinations compared to the subjects that were made compulsory at basic and secondary levels in Nigeria.
“This single act, no doubt, relegated and eroded the knowledge and information that learners could otherwise have been exposed to. It was a monumental mistake and have already started seeing its negative consequences
“The loss created by the absence of this subject has led to a fall in moral values, erosion of civic values, and disconnection from the past. More worrisome was the neglect of the teaching of this subject at basic and post-basic levels of education which invariably eroded the knowledge of the evolution of Nigeria as a country.
“The immediate implication of this was that we lost ideas even of our recent past, and we scarcely saw ourselves as one country and gradually began retreating into our primordial sentiments.”
The Minister added that the training and retraining of teachers in order to enhance their capacity development that would lead to the mastery of the subject would be a focus of this re-introduction.