Osun Assembly member lauds FG for reintroducing history in schools
A member of the Osun State House of Assembly, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has commended the Federal Government for the re-introduction of history in the curricula of primary and secondary schools nationwide.
Speaking in Osogbo at the weekend, Oyintiloye said history, as a subject, was at the verge of neglect in learning institutions.
He said the teaching of the subject was essential to the nation and its citizens.
Oyintiloye, who represents Obokun state constituency, noted that the move was a good development, pointing out that children needed to be taught history for them to be aware of their identities, as well as connect with their past and present.
He said: “I want to commend the Minister of Education, Professor Adamu Adamu, for inaugurating new curriculum for history in primary and secondary schools.
“No country can develop without teaching its young ones history, as it reflects the past and situates the present
“Without historians, we would not know much about our past, our heroes, our ancestors and their heroic deeds or epic mistakes.
“When pupils and students learn about the values that built the country they live in, the wars that were fought to protect certain ideals, the triumphs and failures of different leaders and societies, they become better for it.”
He added that when the younger generations learn history, they understand better how their own society was shaped and what role they should play.
The lawmaker explained that with knowledge of history, young people have the opportunity to learn from the tragic mistakes of individuals of yester years and societies and avert the same mistakes being made over again.
The minister had at the inauguration ordered the release to primary and secondary schools.
The curriculum is divided into Primary 1-3 (lower basic), Primary 4-6 (middle basic) and Junior Secondary Schools 1-3 (Upper basic).
Oyintiloye, who is the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, said the initiative would reawaken in the minds of Nigerians the consciousness of the nation’s unity and progress.