By G9ija

Thirteen years after it was abolished, the Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday formally announced the return of history as a stand-alone topic in the country’s basic education curriculum.

Additionally, 3,700 history instructors have been chosen to participate in the first phase of training for improved instruction in the subject.

Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, lamented that the threat to national cohesion posed by the country’s retreat into primitive sentiments as a result of a lack of understanding of Nigeria’s evolution as a result of history being removed from the basic education curriculum 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.

The Honorable Minister of State for Education, who was Adamu’s representative, Wishing Nanah Opiah luck as she attends the ceremony with His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, and other significant figures in the field of education.

Beginning with the school year 2009–2010, history was dropped from the primary and secondary curricula.

The current Minister of Education, however, ordered the subject’s reintroduction in 2019, in response to the general sentiment at the time that a nation still developing and coping with issues of social cohesion, political stability, and economic development could not afford to forget its past.

While speaking further at the flag-off, Adamu said: “History used to be one of the foundational subjects taught in our classroom but for some inexplicable reasons, the steam of teaching and leaming was abolished.

“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 cvic values, and disconnect 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 nation and gradually began retreated into our primordial sentiments,” he said.

The Minister continued that reintroduction will have as its main focus the training and retraining of teachers in order to enhance their capacity development that would lead to the mastery of the subject.

According to him, teachers will receive the necessary training to teach the subject, including the technique and methodology that will eventually give the subject a didactic outlook, pique the children’s interest and cause them to listen intently, removing any initial obstacles that may have prevented learning.

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, stated that 3,700 History teachers had been chosen from among the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for training. This was in reference to building the capacity of teachers who had been disengaged from teaching history for a number of years.