Top 10 African Countries With Best Education System

Which African countries have the best education systems?  African countries with best education system  includes Seychelles, South Africa, Mauritius, Tunisia, Algeria, Ghana, Egypt, Namibia etc.

The World Education Forum ranked 38 African countries among the 140 countries with the  best education systems based on skills development.

However, the criteria for the report were the general level of skills of the workforce and the quantity and quality of education each of these  countries possesses.

Other factors considered include: possession of standard academic facilities, research,  development of digital literacy, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think critically and creatively.

So, this article contain the  top African countries with best education system right now  (countries with the best education systems in Africa).  

Top African Countries With Best Education system 

1.   Seychelles

Seychelles is a small island and one of the least countries in the continent in terms of area. With it dinky size, it inhibits about 95,000 people of which makes possible for education to be uniformly circulated around the country. 

In UNESCO “education for all” goal set by UN subsidiary, Seychelles is the only African country that has been able to reach this feat.

Seychelles is ranked the top African countries with best education system right now in Africa.  The country is rated 69.3 points in terms of education by the World Economic Forum. And by this virtue, Seychelles has the best education system in Africa and  only African country in the top 50 rated education system globally.

It occupy the 43rd position ahead of Ukraine, Hungary, Russia and UAE.  Much of advancement of education in the country has been credited to the Seychelles government.

A report was stated by UNESCO in 2016 stating that the Seychelles government spent 11.72% of their total expenditure on education.

This is applicable in the country  as its seen that students up to the age of 16 have free and compulsory education, and continuing through secondary school until the age of 18. 

All these are factors that ranks Seychelles as the best country in Africa considering individual educational systems.

2. South Africa

This country located in the southern tip of the continent is seen as the most popular country. The country is ranked 84th on global education system, and has one of the best education system in Africa.

That’s why they earn the rank in the second place.  Complementing to making South Africa educationally developed is their government. 18 percent of the country’s budget goes on improving the standards of education.

For this reason, South African universities rank among the best in Africa extending to the world rank. A considerable number of South Africans are literate, as such the illiteracy level in the country is drastically reduced.

3.  Mauritius

Much of Mauritius educational advancement was initiated from the time of British colonialism where they influenced much improving the then aberrated scene.

After gaining independence, they continue by adopting the British education system which has impacted much on the country in the present day.

A riverine territory surrounded by the Pacific, the country attracts tourist activities which is complemented by education development. The country has and estimated literacy rate around 84.40% and merits to take a third place in this list.

4.  Tunisia

This is the most educational system Arab country in Africa and as such ranks  as the fourth best education system in the continent and 71st in the global education system ranking with 61.4 points. 

The country has improved schools which is deeply invested by both government and private individuals. This results to the country ranking as 49th position for School life expectancy and 51 st for Pupil-to-teacher ratio in primary education.

The Tunisian government through its rich oil revenue, focuses on revamping the education system. This has been seen in the quality universities and colleges that the developing nation has put in place to achieve the aim of being the best education system in the African continent. Also, the government has more than 20 percent of the country’s budget allocated for education. 

5.  Kenya

Kenya is another popular African country on the list, it is known mostly for her wildlife which has been the contributing source to 70% of the country’s tourist revenue.

The Kenyan government sets 8 years as the duration specified for primary education. The government of Kenya has given educational uplift to the people of the country.  

This East African country was colonised by the Britain and much work was done to make the country educationally developed.

This work is complemented by the indigenous government, as they make the country to have presently more than 30 tertiary institutions which has attracted foreigners to the country to utilize the quality of the educational system.

6.  Algeria

Going to Algeria gives a picture of the educational systems that are in place.

The country which is located in North Africa, ranks as 88th best  education system country globally. The country is also the 6th rank in Africa with 57.4 points. 

The government of Kenya has tried to make the country’s population of 41.3 million to have about more than half  as being literate.

7.  Ghana

Ghana is the sixth ranked African country in terms of education system. There is a norm in the country, as it’s mandatory for every citizen between the age of 6 to 16 to receive an education. 

This and also adding the numbers of quality schools of learning in the country has keep them in the African view of best education system.

8.  Egypt

According to the UNESCO rank of education in the countries in the world, Egypt ranks has 71% a the average literacy rate and is ranked in the 99th position on global education system. 

The country comes as the and 9th best education system in Africa with 52.8 points.  Education is not just compulsory but mandatory  for all and sundry in the country.

The Egyptian government empowers all children for 12 years from age 6 to age 17 in the country.

9.  Namibia

A look at educational structures in Namibia,  it could be seen that the southwest African country has a large number of more than 1500 quality world class schools.

This also indicates that Namibia has pay serious attention to education.  It is compulsory for every citizen in the country between the age limit of 6-16 to receive an education in any of their schools.

The interesting part of the story is that the government has responsibility for this academic period of 10 years (from age 6 to age 16), by providing academic funds.

Fees like school fees is being paid for every eligible students by the Namibian government as stipulated in their constitution. Namibia’s academic institutions has been on the world rank due to the government prioritising the education spread in the country.

10.  Libya

The government in Libya grants free and compulsory primary education to all citizens of the country.

This has been possible through the availability of much deposits of oil in the country which has increased the revenue to manage the educational system. 

Libya has an estimated 82.60% literacy rate to be ranked as one of the best education system in the continent. 


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