Reinstate History as A Compulsory Course in Secondary Schools

By Ukamaka Evelyn Olisakwe

Ukamaka Evelyn Olisakwe

Ukamaka Evelyn Olisakwe

Whoever came up with that plan to scrap history in our schools didn’t just wake up to take that decision; they thought it out, knew its implication on the future generation. They wanted us done with. They hated us, even before we were born.

History, Literature and Agricultural Science were OPTIONAL subjects during my senior secondary school days. They are still optional today. Do you blame Nigerian youths for their historical amnesia and for believing whatever the social media spews – for paying tributes to anyone with the tag ‘Great’ or ‘Iron Lady’

We should declare war on our government for this evil: for denying us History. Our leaders have sworn to have us intellectually and psychologically stunted. They have declared same war on our own children, too, while we sleep. Am I making excuses for my generation, for the intellectual gap? Hell, YES! We never asked for this; we didn’t even know what was happening – what was being cooked up for us. But you, the older generation, knew this. 

Whoever came up with that plan to scrap history in our schools didn’t just wake up to take that decision; they thought it out, knew its implication on the future generation. They wanted us done with. They hated us, even before we were born. And what do we have today? Sad. We have youths celebrating the ‘founding fathers of Nigeria’. We have youths advocating for ‘sweep-it-under-rug’ when issues of the Nigeria/Biafra war are raised. We have youths not wanting to analyse the flaws of the ‘founding fathers’. We just want to be over with it and continue on a bleak future. My people say: the child who refuses to ask what killed his father, same which killed his father will kill him too.

To restore our dignity, then please, biko, join in a fight to have History and Agricultural Science reinstated as compulsory subjects in our Secondary School curriculum. Join in the fight to wake up the Ministry of Education from their slumber. It is time to wake up.

Daalu.

Ukamaka Olisakwe is a banker and author of the novel – Eye of a Goddess.

One Comment

  1. while in secondary school, i was the only history student in a class of 64: it was a government secondary school.sudents were to choose beween government and history right from ss1. in SS1, i asked my classmates and friends who all chose government instead of history why they chose goverment. they told me it was simply because that was what everybody chose,including our seniors. I then approached the senior students and asked the same question to which i got the same response i got from my friends. that was when i made up my mind to offer history, to see what it was that students were running away from. three of my classmates joined me but abandoned the subject at the end of SS1 .in SS2, i not only became the only student in the whole school offering history, but the only student offering a subject that had no teacher.the history mistress did not resume after the long vacation.because i found history highly educative, interesting and enlightening; i took the trouble of going to other government schools to seek assistance in terms of scheme of work, notes and textbooks. i was lucky enough to come across a teacher awed by my determination.during WAEC, i sat alone in the hall and wrote my exams, the result of which was a B2. i have been a teacher for almost 3 yrs now. history has indeed become history as it is no longer offered.it is indeed sad

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