Australian PM rewrites history curriculum

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Prime Minister John Howard has described the "neglect" of history teaching in Australian schools as "shameful", announcing that he would make the subject compulsory for all students in years 9 and 10.

Mr Howard said students would be made to attend 150 hours of Australian history lessons over two or three years from 2009.

The history guide, to be distributed across the nation, says it is intended for study in years nine and 10, but the first three of the 10 topics could start in year 8, it says.

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