TALKING POINT | Yes, the history curriculum should change, but ...

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TALKING POINT | Yes, the history curriculum should change, but how?

Experts give us their insights on what our children need to be taught as lessons move away from a Eurocentric past

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History boffins have welcomed the education department's announcement that a new curriculum will be phased in at schools from 2024, saying it is a high time SA moves away from Eurocentrism but warned it should not be a rush job.

A scholar and an academic questioned whether the audit of the history curriculum was conducted to identify “distortions” in the content that was being taught at schools.

Cheryl Weston, curriculum director in the department, last Friday said the new syllabi would be implemented in a phased approach in various grades “to almost ease in the revised history curriculum from 2024”. She said a draft curriculum was expected to be ready by the end of the year and a revised final curriculum by midyear in 2022...

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