Although history is compulsory for primary and lower secondary classes, it is an optional subject in upper secondary schools.

The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Education, has directed heads of private schools in the state to reintroduce history as a separate subject in schools.

The Director General of the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) of the State Ministry of Education, Ms. Abiola Seriki, announced this on Saturday, August 13, 2022, in a directive transmitted by the Director of research, Ms. E. Pelemo.

The directive titled ‘Reintroduction of History in Lagos Schools’ reads: “I have the directive from the DG (OEQA) to inform you that the teaching of History as a stand-alone subject is back in schools.

“As per the guidelines of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, NERDC, the subject has been reintroduced into the National Curriculum and the current Lagos State Unified Curricula for Primary and Secondary Schools.

“You should note that while the subject (history) is compulsory for primary and lower secondary classes, it is an optional subject in upper secondary.

“To this end, I am further requested to inform you that the subject is to be taught in Primary Grades 1 and 2 and JSS 1 and 2 in the 2022/2023 academic session.”

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