To all Media Houses
From The Azanian People’s Organization (AZAPO ).
06 June 2018
ON PROPOSED CHANGE OF CURRICULUM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION (DBE)
The intention of the Department of Basic Education to effect curriculum changes in the next two years, is received with mixed feeling by the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO ).
While we view it as key to teach all our learners history as a subject, we can not disregard the fact that the governing party operates almost exactly in the same way as the apartheid education system in as far as the teaching of history is concerned.
The practice has been to portray certain sector of the liberation movement as the only player responsible for the ushering in of this so called democracy.
The role of the PAC, AZAPO, Sobukwe and Biko is reduced into insignificant snippets, that learners would show very little interest on as everything centers around the Rivonia trial and Nelson Mandela.
This is in no way different from how Paul Kruger and the Voortrekkers were portrayed, particularly the voortrekker manifesto that learners were forced to memorise just as is the case with the Kliptown charter.
History is a factual subject and need to be taught as such irrespective of the discomfort that it may cause the ruling class.
We therefore as the AZAPO appeal to those tasked with the designing of our curriculum, to do so with the intention of building a thinking and analytical society and not lead us into a particular path that serves own interests.
We further appeal that content be left to historians who are not necessarily politicians associated with a particular group as that would result in some measure of objectivity that would be of great assistance to the democracy we trying to build.
While we can not completely remove the subjective element in human conduct, we have to be considerate of the type of society Biko had in mind.
“In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.”
This we can only achieve by being truthful to ourselves.
Issued by: AZAPO Education Secretariat