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History and Government is an important discipline because it plays a key role in the development of society. Knowledge of the past is critical to the understanding of the present and to planning for the future. It is through the study of the subject that the youth of a nation acquire knowledge about the past and the present so as to develop positive attitudes about the future. Thus, learners are able to recognize the relationship between the events of today and the world of tomorrow.

This syllabus addresses key themes in history such as the social, economic and political organizations of African societies during the colonial period, European colonization, the rise of African nationalism, developments in trade, transport and communication, industry, agriculture and urbanization. It also covers the issues of morality, responsible citizenship, good governance, national integration, conflict resolution and international cooperation.

A number of themes which address individual honesty, health and integrity have been selected to enable the learners cope with the challenges of the day, e.g. HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and corruption. It is hoped that the knowledge gained will enable the learner to develop into a socially and economically useful member of the society.

The various approaches to searching for, and investigating historical knowledge have been highlighted in the syllabus. Emphasis has been put towards developing in learners independent group and individual study habits, production, manipulation and use of a variety of learning resources.

With consistent and resourceful use of study approaches such as visitations, report writing, research and use of resource persons, the syllabus promises vibrant class discourse.