Nigeria education system not top 10 in Africa

Nigeria education system not top 10 in Africa
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Labour competence & schooling quality, yardstick for ranking.

Despite being arguably the biggest country in Africa, Nigeria’s educational status continues to fall apart. Between the complacent governmental policies that have done so little to improve the standard of education, the recurring teaching and non-teaching staffs’ strikes in tertiary institutions, the increase of out-of-school children in the country’s primary and secondary schools, the educational system has hit rock bottom. The educational sector has received lesser budgets aborting the chance for a sectoral improvement.

Recent reports by Business Insider Africa however indicates that Nigeria has now failed to meet the ranking as one of the top 10 countries with the best educational system in the continent, with Cape Verde being the only West African country in the top 10. Countries such as Seychelles, Egypt, South Africa, Kenya and Namibia have been rated highly for the quality of their educational systems which is said to be immensely imparted in Africa.

Seychelles ranked 1st in Africa for fully achieving UNESCO’s objective.

According to the report, the World Education Forum, in the process of ranking the global educational development, consulted 140 countries, which included 38 African countries, in a bid to identify the best educational system on the basis of skill development. The report also stated that the general level of labour competence, as well as the quality of schooling were important yardsticks used in the determination of this ranking. Other factors considered included digital literacy, interpersonal skills, as well as the capacity to think creatively and critically.

On the justification for the rankings, it was reported that Seychelles, a country in East Africa which has a population of only about 98,462 (2020) people has been the only country in Africa to completely achieve the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s “education for all” objective by inculcating educational policies that provides everyone in the country with an equal opportunity to achieve education. Due to this, Seychelles’ educational system was ranked best in Africa. With an overall 69.3 points, also notching a place in the global top 50, ranking 43rd ahead of the likes of Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, and Russia.

Kenya with a 78% literacy rate notched 7th in Africa and 95th globally.

Tunisia, Mauritius and South Africa notched the second, third and fourth positions in Africa respectively. Having invested over 20 percent of its national budget on its educational sector, Tunisia’s educational system was also ranked 71st in the world with 61.4 points. Mauritius which inculcated an educational policy that mandated education for every citizen up until the age of 16 also ranked 74th in the global education system rankings with 61 points. With 58.4 points, South Africa also held the 84th position globally due to its 94 percent literary rate.

Algeria was also highly rated in Africa. The North African country which boasts of a 75 percent literacy rate also notched the 5th position in Africa and Botswana, with 56.7 points, rated 6th in Africa and 97th globally. With 55.4 points Kenya, with a 78.7 percent literacy rate ranked 7th and 95th in Africa and globally, respectively. According to reports, Kenya also allocated 17.58 percent of its national budget on its educational sector. Cape Verde was 8th in Africa and 98th globally with 53.3 points and Egypt ranked 9th in Africa with 52.8 points. Namibia ranked 100th globally and 10th in Africa with 52.7 points and a literacy rate of 88.2 percent.

Students abandoned as Nigeria faces longest strike in its history.

Currently, Nigeria’s federal tertiary institutions have been ravaged with an indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), due to the government’s failure to meet their never-ending demands. This strike which commenced seven months ago and is recorded as one of the longest in the country’s history, has seen students abandoned as the protracted struggle between the union and government persists. While both parties have presented their cases to court, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have also involved themselves by protesting.


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Ask Nigeria
3 days ago

Nigeria education system not top 10 in Africa – Labour competence & schooling quality, yardstick for ranking. – Express your point of view.

Ultra0711
Member
2 days ago

The so called Giant of Africa can’t even make educational top 10 in its region. These are the ineptly effect of ASUU strike and the increasing rate of out of school children in the country.

DimOla
Member
2 days ago

It is too shameful that Nigeria is unable to be number one position in Africa. This the incompetency display by this present administration. Nigeria have all it takes to rule the world in education, technology and science, agriculture etc. but bad leaders has been a plague we are fighting, a wound we a trying to treat. It is well

SarahDiv
Member
2 days ago

So many things is wrong with Nigeria. We have been ruled by bad leaders who are selfish and unwilling to develop the country. How can we be number 10th position in Africa educational system. It is a big shame on our government.

Hassan Isa
Member
2 days ago

Students have been left in the lurch as a result of the drawn-out conflict that has been going on between the union and the government since the strike began seven months ago and is now one of the longest on record in the annals of this nation’s history.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
2 days ago

Students have been left in the lurch as a result of the drawn-out conflict that has been going on between the union and the government since the strike began seven months ago and is now one of the longest on record in the annals of this nation’s history.

Taiwoo
Member
2 days ago

Digital literacy, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think creatively and critically were also taken into consideration as part of the evaluation process.

Chibuzor
Member
2 days ago

The fact that the general level of labour competence as well as the quality of schooling were important yardsticks used in the determination of this ranking is a positive development.

Adesanyaj72
Member
2 days ago

The rate of illiteracy is quite high. The government continues to make it difficult for individuals who still choose to pursue an education. This is very tragic.

Kazeem1
Member
2 days ago

The educational sector has received smaller budgets, which has eliminated the possibility of an improvement in the educational sector.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
2 days ago

In spite of the fact that it is widely considered to be the largest country in Africa, Nigeria’s educational system is continuing to deteriorate.

Tolaniiii
Member
2 days ago

The rate of illiteracy in Nigeria is alarming, the government needs to actively work on it. They should actively finance the educational sector

Christiana
Member
2 days ago

Nigeria, probably the largest nation in Africa, still has a way to go in terms of its educational system. The ASUU strike is perpetually ongoing. The rate of illiteracy is quite high.

Bola12
Member
2 days ago

Nigeria’s education system has always been lagging behind, the government barely finance education in this country, which is not supposed to be that way.

Tonerol10
Member
2 days ago

Is truth that our Nigeria educational status continues to fall apart. Between the complacent governmental policies that have done so little to improve the standard of education. Can anybody tell me one one of Nigeria president or governor children who has school in Nigeria school before. Government wey no fit fund Nigeria school. Shame on them. Sorry to say,, nonsense leader with empty and selfish brain

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
2 days ago

Our educational system in Nigeria is nothing to right well about…. Is it Asuu vs FG Palava? Or the past records? There is need for a revamp of the whole educational system.

Remi1
Member
2 days ago

Nigeria, probably the largest nation in Africa, still has a way to go in terms of its educational system. The ASUU strike is perpetually ongoing. The rate of illiteracy is quite high. The government continues to make it difficult for individuals who still choose to pursue an education. This is very tragic.

theApr
Member
3 days ago

Despite being arguably the biggest country in Africa, Nigeria’s educational status is still struggling to find its feet. The ASUU strike is still ongoing and indefinite. The illiteracy level is on the high side. For those that still decide to be educated, the government still makes it hard for them. This is really sad.

Haykaylyon26
Member
3 days ago

We are the giant of Africa but our educational system is poor, standard education system in our country is implement we don’t put more effort in our educational system

Abusi
Member
3 days ago

I’m not surprised our educational system is not in top 10 in Africa. We have a very depleting educational system in Nigeria. Enough funds are not invested into the Educational sector. Even in the national budget, the percent meant for education is not encouraging. There is need for a revamp of the whole educational system.

Adeolastan
Member
3 days ago

Nigeria can’t be among the 10th in Africa according to the criteria used in this article because none of the step is follow to develop the education system of the country and this is a country called giant of Africa.

jdpumping
Member
3 days ago

it is so disheartening to know that despite been the largest nation in Africa our educational sector has been bastardize imagine not been among the top ten in Africa and out of top 100 in the world, our government needs to put all ha ds on deck and do more concerning education.