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The term “Social Studies” is here used to identify a new study area that has been introduced at junior secondary school level (Grades 8 and 9). It does not denote a political school of thought, a philosophy, a doctrine or a form of organisation. It only refers to this new learning area on human relationships and behavior. It is an inter-disciplinary programme with a contemporary orientation incorporating some aspects of Civic Education, Geography and History that were previously taught as separate subjects in the former curriculum.
The syllabus further takes into account national educational goals and the structure of the various disciplines that contribute to the subject “Social Studies”. For instance, one of the main National Goals is the . It is for this reason that the specific outcomes of the syllabus aim mostly at equipping the learner with productive skills. The syllabus emphasises the various approaches adopted in learning such disciplines in an integrated manner. The subject matter is arranged in a spiral manner, that is, dealing with the same topic, moving from the simple to the complex, while at the higher grades the study extends in breadth and depth. The syllabus takes into account factors of space, time perspective, political and socio-economic changes. “achievement of an all-round development of the learner through self-reliance of an individual”
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