The Lagos government says studying of history will no longer be optional for students in primary and junior secondary schools in the state.
In a statement on Saturday, the state ministry of education said it has made history mandatory for the students in aforementioned classes in schools across the state.
It, however, said the subject is to be offered as an elective in senior secondary schools.
It said its latest move is in line with directives from the Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC).
“I have the directive of the OG (OEQA) to inform you that the teaching of History as a standalone subject is back to schools,” the ministry’s statement read in part.
“The subject has been re-introduced in the national curriculum and in the current Lagos state unified schemes of work for primary and junior secondary schools.
“You are to note that while the subject (History) is compulsory for both primary and junior secondary school classes, it is an elective subject in the senior secondary school.
“To this end, I am further directed to inform you that the subject should be taught in primaries 1 and 2 and JSS 1 and 2 classes in the 2022/2023 academic session.”
History, for some years, has been mostly expunged in the curriculum of many primary and secondary schools.
In many cases, a few historical topics are taught without much depth as part of social studies and civil education.